Six Women's Soccer Players Honored By NESCAC - Kim Is Coach Of The Year

November 12, 2009

Six members of the Middlebury College women's soccer program were honored when the NESCAC named its All-Conference teams. Senior Anjuli Demers (Dracut, Mass.) and junior Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.) were named to the first-team, while junior Annie Rowell (Craftsbury, Vt.) and seniors Margaret Owen (Bozeman, Mont.), Lindsay Walker (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Jenny Galgano (Wyckoff, N.J.) earned second-team honors. Head coach Peter Kim was named the NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year. The group is preparing for NCAA Tournament play this weekend, as they host a regional on Saturday and Sunday on Dragone Field.

Demers earns first-team honors for the third straight season on the Middlebury defense, while Galgano was a second-team honoree. The two helped anchor a Panther defense this season that has earned 10 shutouts, allowing a mere .78 goals/game. The tri-captain netted her first career goal earlier this season in a win over Johnson & Wales, while Galgano scored the game's only goal in a NESCAC semifinal win over Amherst last weekend.

Behind the duo in the Panther net is Torch, a first-team All-NESCAC selection. Torch has played 96% of the minutes in goal this season, owning a 0.82 GAA with eight shutouts. She made a season-high 10 saves earlier this season in a 2-0 win at Bowdoin, the first of four consecutive shutouts. Torch now has 18 shutouts with a 0.77 GAA over the past three seasons between the posts.

Rowell emerged for the Panthers this season as the team's top scorer after netting four goals a year ago. She is currently fourth in the NESCAC in goals (.65/game) and sixth in points (1.41/game). Rowell has a team-high 11 goals this season along with a pair of assists for 24 points to go along with a pair of game-winners. She scored twice this season in wins over Colby and Connecticut College, while scoring solo goals in seven other games.

Owen earns second-team honors in the midfield after another impressive season for the Panthers. The senior tri-captain has started all 17 games for the Panthers this season, scoring goals against Bowdoin, Colby, Wesleyan and Johnson & Wales. She has played in 67 games at Middlebury, with 14 career goals.

Walker, who earned second-team honors in '07, also earns a spot on the second team in '09. A tri-captain, Walker has also been a steady midfielder for the Panthers, scoring twice this season with markers against Rensselaer and Amherst. She is tied for second on the team with three assists, while two of her goals were game-winners. Walker has 10 goals and nine assists for 29 points in 59 games as a Panther.

Kim was named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year, making the third time he has been honored as the team's top coach. The six-year head coach led the Panthers to an impressive 12-3-2 record, with a trip to the NESCAC Championship game. The squad is also making its third NCAA appearance under Kim, as he enters the weekend with a career record of 66-24-12 (.706).