Women's Soccer Thumps Keene

September 27, 2011

The Middebury women’s soccer team picked up a 5-1 non-league road win on Tuesday night, topping Keene State 5-1. The win snaps a four-game shutout and winning streak for Keene State.  The Panthers came into the game tied for fifth in the most recent NSCAA regional rankings.

The loss drops Keene State’s record to 6-4.  It was the third straight win for Middlebury (4-1-1), who were led by sophomore Scarlett Kirk's two goals.

Keene State goalie Megan Dempsey kept the Owls in the game with several spectacular saves in the early going.  Just over a minute into the game, she got her fingertips on a drive by junior Maddy Boston that was ticketed for the top corner of the goal and later came out of her net to stop a point-blank shot by Kirk after an errant clear.

Dempsey, who hadn’t given up a goal in 362 minutes and 52 seconds, was finally beaten at the 35:25 mark of the half on a goal by Kirk getting free for a shot with an Owl defender right beside her. Two minutes later, junior Hannah Newman gave Middlebury a 2-0 halftime lead when her a long floating shot from 40-yards out went just over the outstretched hand of Dempsey and under the cross bar.

The Panthers scored three more times in the second half before the Owls got on the board in the closing minutes. Kirk and Carter Talgo scored almost identical goals on shots from the top of box to make it 4-0.Junior Amy Schlueter completed the scoring for Middlebury with a shot that found the far corner of the net.

Keene State avoided the shutout with less than four minutes to play when junior Brittany Croteau took a pass from senior Sia Karamourtopolous and scored her fourth goal of the season. 

The Panthers outshot the Owls 19-12 and had a wide 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. 

Dempsey finished the game with eight saves, while junior Jocelyn Remmert stopped three shots for the Panthers. Keene State is at Worcester State on Thursday, whie Middlebury is off until Saturday when it hosts Wesleyan (11 a.m.).