Women's Soccer Tops Tufts In OT

September 12, 2009

Annie Rowell assisted on the game's first goal and then scored the game-winner just 57 seconds into overtime to lift the Middlebury women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Tufts in the season-opener for both teams.

Tufts threatened early with a flurry of shots at the 15-minute mark, but Middlebury keeper Lauryn Torch kept it a scoreless game with a pair of impressive stops. The Panthers took a 1-0 advantage at 17:24 as Paola Cabonargi took a feed from Rowell, as Tufts keeper Kate Minnehan came out to cut the angle off. Cabonargi quickly fired and found the back of the net for a 1-0 Middlebury advantage. Tufts knotted the game in the 30th minute, as Sarah Nolet scored on a beautiful shot from 25 yards out on the left wing after a reset.

Both teams saw opportunities to take the lead in the second half, but neither could take the one-goal advantage. The Panthers thought they had gone ahead 2-1 in the 63rd minute as a shot found the back of the net, but the play was ruled offsides.

It didn't take Middlebury long in overtime as they brought the kick-off down into the box. Amy Schlueter fed the ball to Rowell on the right side, as she squared to the goal and fired a shot into the far side of the net from 18 yards out.

Torch made nine saves in goal to earn the win for the Panthers, while Minnehan made five stops for Tufts.

Tufts (0-1) vs. Middlebury (1-0)
Date: Sep 12, 2009 Attendance: 175

Goals by period 1 2 OT Tot
Tufts............... 1 0 0 - 1
Middlebury.......... 1 0 1 - 2

1. 17:24 MIDWS Paola Cabonargi (Annie Rowell)
2. 30:14 TUF Sarah Nolet (unassisted)
3. 90:57 MIDWS Annie Rowell (Amy Schlueter)

Shots: Tufts 17, Middlebury 16
Saves: Tufts 5 (Kate Minnehan 5), Middlebury 9 (Lauryn Torch 9)