Women's Soccer Falls In NCAA Sectionals

November 21, 2009

The Middlebury women's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 1-0 loss at Johns Hopkins in an NCAA Sectional match-up. The Panthers end their season with a 14-4-2 mark, a trip to the NECAC finals and a pair of NCAA Tournament wins.

Erica Suter scored the game's only goal just 1:24 into the game. A pass from Sarah Roeder found Suter's foot just inside the 18-yard box where she took a shot that slipped past Middlebury keeper Lauryn Torch.

Middlebury got a good look at the goal in the 15th minute of play. Paola Cabonargi had the ball on her foot inside the box but Hopkin's keeper, Karen Guszkowski was up to the task, with her first of two saves in the game. In the 19th minute, junior Sarah Tankard drilled a ball to the upper part of the net but Torch tipped the ball over the top of the goal.

On one of the Blue Jays' seven corners in the 27th minute, Suter headed a ball off Erin Stafford's corner. Torch was again up to the task, making one of her eight saves in the game. She made one of her best saves of the day with 10 minutes remaining in the half, making a diving save to her right on a shot from Laura Moody.

Johns Hopkins continued to put pressure on the Middlebury net in the second half. The Blue Jays' best chance of the half came in the 53rd minute. Stafford ripped a shot to the lower left corner but Torch dove and tipped the ball just wide. On the resulting corner, Torch came off her line and punched the ball out of harms way. The Panther keeper deflected a free kick by Jessica Hnatiuk off the cross bar at 75:30 to keep it a one-goal game.

Middlebury had its best scoring chance of the day with just two and a half minutes left in the game. Anjuli Demers dribbled into the right side of the 18-yard box and took a hard shot on goal. Guszkowski made the save above her head and held on to the rebound.

Johns Hopkins outshot Middlebury 14-3 in the contest, but solid play in goal by Middlebury's Torch kept the Panthers in the game. Guszkowski recorded her eighth shutout of the season, while making two saves.