Women's Soccer With Second Straight Scoreless Tie

October 19, 2010

Middlebury extended its string of games without a loss against Wesleyan to 16 in a row by producing a 0-0 double-overtime deadlock in women's soccer action this afternoon. It was the second straight scoreless tie played by the Panthers in Connecticut as they came away from a visit to Conn. College on Saturday with the same result.  It was the fourth tie of the year for the Cardinals, all in league play.

The shots in the game were nearly even as the Cardinals held a slim 17-16 margin in total attempts while the shots on goal only differed by one as well, 9-8, in Middlebury's favor.  As a result, Middlebury netminder Lauryn Torch logged eight stops to post her third shutout of the year.  Wesleyan keeper Grace Bomann, picked up her second straight shutout in only her third career start, with eight saves as well.

Bomann's first save of the contest was perhaps her best coming midway through the first half.  Freshman Julia Favorito launched a bullet from about 25 yards out from a slight angle on the left that was destined for the inside of the near post head-high.  Bomann reacted well to the ball to hit it wide with both hands. Two minutes later, the Cardinals had a chance as Kerry Doyle penetrated the box on the right and lined up a close-range shot which was blocked by Lindsay Kingston of the Panthers. With about 12 minutes to go in the first half, the second of two straight corner kicks by the visitors resulted in a great opportunity for freshman Scarlett Kirk but Wesleyan defender Hannah Stuckey was in the right spot to keep the ball from going into the Wesleyan net at the near post.

The second half, which was controlled by the Cardinals with an 8-4 edge in shots, gave rise to one of the best scoring chances by the host when junior Barrie Lindsay got the ball facing the right post from 10 yards out. Her initial shot was tipped by Torch so it hit the upright and went right back to Lindsay. Her second attempt was grabbed by Torch to preserve the shutout.  

Middlebury dominated the first overtime stanza, getting off five shots to none by Wesleyan. Several were open shots from inside the box but on three occasions the shots sailed high or wide and Bomann made two stops. Wesleyan generated a dangerous chance in the second overtime when sophomore Kaylin Berger sent a free kick curling into the box toward the left post. Torch came out to play the ball and it bounced over her head into a maze of players. The ball eventually came out to the top of the box where junior Emma Nitzberg took a shot, which was blocked by the Panther defense.

Middlebury is now 19-3-4 all-time vs. Wesleyan and 13-0-3 in the last 16 encounters since Wesleyan last won in 1994.  Wesleyan plays its next contest at home Saturday, Oct. 23, hosting NESCAC and Little Three rival Amherst.  Middlebury plays its third consecutive road game in a five-day span with a trip to Plattsburg St. tomorrow.