Women's Soccer Earns Shutout Over Williams
October 26, 2011
Middlebury wrapped up the #2 seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament after a 1-0 shutout win over Williams on Dragone Field. The Panthers (10-3-1, 7-2-1) will host #7 Colby in a quarterfinal game at noon on Saturday, while the #3 Ephs (10-3-1, 7-2-1) will host sixth-seeded Hamilton at 11:00 a.m. The victory for the Panthers today broke a six-game skid against this Ephs, which included three post-season games.
The game’s lone goal came at the 18:01 mark as Rachel Madding earned her fourth of the year with the assist going to Julia Favorito, her fourth. Favorito played the ball ahead to Madding as a defender and Williams’ keeper Laura Wann (7 saves) came out to challenge. Madding made a quick move around them both, firing a shot into an open net for the 1-0 advantage.
Favorito fed Scarlett Kirk early in the second half with a through pass, but Wann was able to clear the shot away. The Panthers had a nice opportunity in the 63rd minute when Claire Nishioka crossed to Favorito, with her header being saved. Middlebury kept coming in the 72nd minute, with Kirk’s header being stopped by Wann.
The Ephs had a great chance shortly thereafter, with a through ball from Sachi Siegelman to Brett Eisenhart. Middlebury keeper Jocelyn Remmert (6 saves) was there to intercept the pass and deny the scoring opportunity. The Ephs best chance may have come with 10 minutes to play, as Remmert jumped to make a stop on a blast from Siegelman from inside the 18.
Amy Schlueter of Middlebury almost scored with a bicycle kick off the cross bar late, before Remmert thwarted the Eph’s final attempt, denying Chloe Kuh with a diving save in the 83rd minute.