Women's Soccer Headed To NESCAC Semifinals

October 31, 2010

Fifth-seeded Middlebury picked up a 2-0 shutout win at fourth-seeded Trinity to advance to the NESCAC semifinals. The Panthers (8-4-3) will take on Williams at Amherst next Saturday at 1:30, while the host school meets Bates at 11:00 a.m. The Bantams end their season with a 7-4-3 mark.

Middlebury got on the board early, when Nora Tomlinson-Weintraub took a waist-high pass from Drew Smith and one-timed the ball into the upper half of the goal left of Trinity keeper Lily Pepper from 12 yards out directly in front of the net.

The Middlebury offense continued to provide the majority of the pressure in the first half, but the Bantams nearly tied the game late in the half when a header by Heather Lyhne sailed just over the cross bar.

Trinity picked it up offensively in the second half, coming close to tying the score on a couple of occasions.  Caroline Washburne sent a direct kick from the top of the box just over the cross bar early in the second, after Katie Giberson had drawn a Panther foul, and Giberson blasted a shot from close on the left wing that caromed off the far post with just under 30 minutes remaining.

Middlebury nearly went ahead, 2-0, midway through the second half, when Scarlett Kirk got off a shot at an empty net from close range but Trinity's Shawna Altdorf stopped the ball short of the goal.

In the 66th minute, Kirk received a pass ahead by Julia Favorito and dribbled by two Bantam defenders before beating Trinity keeper Emily Weedon low and to the right for a Middlebury insurance goal.

Lauryn Torch recorded a shutout with four saves for the Panthers, while Pepper and Weedon combined to make three saves in the game.