Women's Soccer Hits The Road For NCAA Sectionals- Live Stats Available

November 17, 2009

The Middlebury College women's soccer team will make its third trip to the NCAA Sectionals in the last six years when they travel to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. The Panthers will meet the host school on Saturday, November 21st at 2:30, while Messiah meets Otterbein at noon. The winners will battle on Sunday at 2:00 with a trip to the final four on the line.

Middlebury enters the weekend with an overall record of 8-4 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in '97, suffered a first-round loss in '00, while losing in the sectionals in '04. Middlebury's last appearance came in '06 when they won an NCAA Regional before falling in the sectionals.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after falling 3-2 to Williams in the NESCAC Championship game. Sixth-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with a career record of 68-24-12 (.711) entering weekend play. Last weekend, the Panthers hosted and captured a regional, defeating Husson 6-0 before earning a 2-1 win over Wheaton.

The Middlebury offense ranks second in the NESCAC with 2.42 goals/game this season after scoring just 1.19 goals/game a year ago. The defense has been solid this season, allowing just 0.76 goals/game, second in the NESCAC. Middlebury has 11 shutouts on the season, including a streak of almost 500 minutes without allowing a goal.

Junior Annie Rowell is enjoying a huge offensive season for the Panthers, scoring 13 goals to go along with a pair of assists for 28 points. She is second in the NESCAC in goals and fourth in points, while tying for the league-lead with five game-winners. Rookie Amy Schlueter (7-3-17) is next in scoring, followed by seniors Paola Cabonargi (5-3-13) and Margaret Owen (4-5-13). Rookies Hannah Newman (4-3-11) and Rachel Madding (4-0-8) round out the leading scorers. Owen and junior Kirsten Lunquist lead the team with five assists apiece.

Defensively, seniors Anjuli Demers, Jenny Galgano and Valerie Christy anchor the back. In goal, Lauryn Torch has played 95% of the minutes, owning a 0.80 GAA with eight shutouts on the season.

2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Sectional

Saturday, November 21st - Johns Hopkins
Otterbein (20-1-1) vs. Messiah (21-0-1) - 12:00 p.m.
Johns Hopkins (18-3) vs. Middlebury (14-3-2) - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 22nd
Sectional Final - 2:00 p.m.