Women's Soccer Heads To W. Conn. For NCAA Tourney
November 6, 2006
The Middlebury College women's soccer team will make its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend in a regional at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The Panthers (13-2-1) will take on Scranton (12-6-2) on Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 p.m. Western New England (11-7-2) meets the host school (19-1-1) at 5:00 p.m. in the other match-up. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday night at 6:00.
Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 4-3 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in '97, suffered a first-round loss in '00, while losing in the sectionals two years ago.
Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid after defeating Amherst 1-0 in overtime for the 2006 NESCAC Championship. The NESCAC title was the second for the program, after winning the inaugural title in '00. Third-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with an overall record of 35-9-2 (.783) entering weekend play.
The Panthers opened the season with a 4-0 mark before going 2-2-1 over their next five games. Since an October 14th tie with Williams, the Panthers have won seven straight games, including five shutouts.
Middlebury led the NESCAC this season with a 0.61 goals against average as a team. The Panthers have nine shutouts on the season, all earned by sophomore Adele Plunkett. The keeper was second in the NESCAC with a 0.61 GAA, while being forced to make just 4.5 saves/contest.
Leading the team in scoring this season is Nora Tomlinson Weintraub. The rookie tied the school record earlier this season with four goals in a game and currently paces the squad with seven goals. She is tied for the team-lead with five assists, while leading the Panthers with 19 points.
Senior Erin Oliver is next for the Panthers with six goals and four assists for 16 points on the year. The current NESCAC Player of the Week has now scored six goals in her last eight games.
First-year player Lindsay Walker (4-4-12), sophomore Ashley Pfaff (3-5-11) and seniors Caitrin Abshere (3-4-10) and Kim Walker (3-3-9) round out the leading scorers.
Defensively, juniors Kim Kennedy and Elise Tarbi, along with first-year player Anjuli Demers have anchored the conference's best defense.
2006 NCAA Women's Soccer Regional
Saturday, November 11th -
Western Connecticut State University
Western New England (11-7-2) vs. Western Connecticut State (19-1-1) - 5:00 p.m.
Scranton (12-6-2) vs. Middlebury (13-2-1) - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 12th
Regional Final - 6:00 p.m.