Women's Soccer Earns Road Tie At Wheaton

September 12, 2010

Middlebury moved to 0-1-1 on the season as they earned a 1-1 road tie at Wheaton on Sunday. The Lions trailed 1-0 for a fourth time this season, before scoring a second-half goal to force overtime and settle for a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes. The contest was a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament contest, where the Panthers were 2-1 winners.

Staying unbeaten at 4-0-1, the Lyons are receiving national votes and are ranked fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  The Panthers, which opened their season with a loss yesterday, stand 11th nationally and second in the region.
After controlling play in the opening half, Middlebury broke the stalemate 7:30 into the second frame when senior Kirsten Lundquist headed home a cross from classmate Drew Smith.
The Lyons found the equalizer not even nine minutes later, as junior Jessica Stuart pushed her close-range shot past Panther senior goalie Lauryn Torch following a free kick by sophomore Samantha Cronin.
Wheaton had the better of the opportunities the remainder of regulation and first overtime.  With 11 minutes to go in the second half, Lyon rookie Kristina Braga had a shot from point-blank range turned aside by Torch. 
Midway through the first extra session, Wheaton had back-to-back chances go for naught, as senior Emily Hough's blast sailed to the left of the target and Braga's rush shortly thereafter was cleared out of harm's way by a Middlebury defender.
Junior goalie Lindsay Leddy was credited with 10 stops, including six in the opening half, for the Lyons, while Torch finished with two saves.  Middlebury ended with a 17-12 edge in shots, and corner kicks were even at four apiece.