Women's Soccer Sets School Mark With Win Over Wesleyan

October 4, 2009

Middlebury set a school record for most wins to start a season (7), as the Panthers earned their second NESCAC win of the weekend, topping Wesleyan 1-0 on Dragone Field. The Panthers remain undefeated at 7-0, with a perfect 5-0 mark in NESCAC play. Wesleyan falls to 5-3, but sets a school mark with just two goals allowed in its last seven games.

The game's lone goal came 18:44 into the first half, as Margaret Owen notched her third of the season, with Katie Ruymann picking up her second assist of '09. Ruymann served up a crossing pass to Owen, who one-touched a shot into the back of the net.

The Panthers had another chance late in the first half, but Rachel Madding's shot from the left side was knocked away with a diving save from Kate Connolly-Smithwick. Middlebury entered the halftime break with a 1-0 lead and a 7-0 shot advantage.

The second half saw Annie Rowell with a chance to double the lead, but her rocket from the 18 hit the post and was cleared away. Hannah Newman just missed the far post in the 70th minute as Middlebury continued to come at the Wesleyan net, but could not earn a second goal.

The Cardinals' best chance to score came in the 83rd minute as Haley Baron crossed a ball to Anna Crystal, who saw her header punched away by Middlebury keeper Lauryn Torch.

Middlebury ended the game with an 18-2 lead in shots, as Torch made a pair of saves in goal to earn her fourth shutout of the season. Connolly-Smithwick made 13 stops between the posts for the Cardinals.

Wesleyan (5-3, 2-3) vs. Middlebury (7-0, 5-0)
Date: Oct 04, 2009 Attendance: 145

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Wesleyan............ 0 0 - 0
Middlebury.......... 1 0 - 1

1. 18:44 MIDWS Margaret Owen (Katie Ruymann)

Shots: Wesleyan 2, Middlebury 18
Saves: Wesleyan 13 (K Connolly-Smithwick 13), Middlebury 2 (Lauryn Torch 2)