Middlebury

Women's Soccer Headed To Title Game

November 4, 2006

Middlebury avenged its regular season 2-1 loss to Colby this afternoon on the campus of Amherst College, when they shutout the White Mules 2-0 in the NESCAC semifinals. Middlebury played solid all day, out-shooting Colby, 19-7, to advance to the title game on Sunday at noon vs. Amherst, a 3-0 winner over Bates. 

The first third of the game went scoreless as the teams battled back and forth, with both teams looking as if they could strike at any moment. In the 37th minute, Middlebury's Margaret Owen broke the tie with a full volley off a Nora Tomlinson Weintraub corner kick. The well-hit volley soared over the Colby keeper's hand for the first goal of the game.

Coming out of halftime, the run of play was dominated by the Panthers, who tacked on their second goal in the 54th minute when Kim Walker knocked home a loose ball in front of the goal. The build-up to the second Middlebury goal was very pretty, as Ashley Pfaff slid a bouncing ball in front to Walker who timed a quick run to the goal line, where she met the ball for the insurance tally.

Middlebury goalie Adele Plunkett posted her eighth shutout of the season, making one save, while the White Mules keeper Liza Benson was kept busy, having to make six saves on the day.