Women's Soccer Heads To NCAA Sectional

November 14, 2011

The Middlebury College women’s soccer team will take part in an NCAA Sectional on Saturday, November 19th at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. The Panthers will take on the host school at 11:00 a.m., while Williams meets Emory in the other contest at 1:30. The winners will battle on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the sectional finals (NCAA Quarterfinals).

Middlebury is making its sixth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and its fifth appearance in the sectionals. The Panthers last appeared in the ’09 tourney, topping Husson and Wheaton before falling 1-0 at Johns Hopkins in the sectionals. Middlebury enters the sectional with an overall record of 10-5 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in ’97, suffered a first-round loss in ’00, while losing in the sectionals in ’04, ’06 and ’09.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after seeing Williams advance on penalty kicks in the NESCAC Semifinals after a scoreless tie. Eight-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with a career record of 89-33-17 (.701) entering weekend play.

The Middlebury defense has been stellar this season, especially as of late with eight straight shutouts. Middlebury has not allowed a goal since a 1-0 loss at Hamilton on October 8th, a span of 879:39 without being scored upon. The team allows just 0.61 goals/game, tied for second in the NESCAC. The Panther offense ranks third in the NESCAC with 1.61 goals/game this season.

Last weekend, sophomores Julia Favorito and Scarlett Kirk each scored to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over Lasell in a first-round game on Dragone Field. Middlebury held a 12-10 shots advantage in the contest, with junior Jocelyn Remmert making four first half saves.

The following day, Middlebury struggled with The College of New Jersey, but emerged with the 1-0 victory. Junior Hannah Newman scored with an assist from classmate Maddy Boston at the 70:33 mark, giving the Panthers all they would need. Remmert made six first half saves, while sophomore Elizabeth Foody made a pair of second half stops.

Scarlett Kirk is the team’s offensive leader, recently earning first-team All-NESCAC honors. The sophomore leads the team with 14 goals, placing her second in the NESCAC with .78/game. She also paces the team in shots and game-winners with five. The two-time NESCAC player of the week has five multiple-goal games this season, including a hat-trick in a September 17th win over Colby. She scored eight goals during a five-game stretch earlier this season, while recently netting a pair in a NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Colby. Kirk now owns 21 career goals in 33 games.

Junior Amy Schlueter is second on the team in scoring with five goals and a helper for 11 points, while classmate Rachel Madding rounds out the top scorers with four goals and two assists for 10 points.

Favorito and Boston have been the mainstays in the midfield for the Panthers in ’11. Favorito recently earned first-team All-NESCAC honors and leads the team with five assists this season.

Defensively, first-team All-NESCAC selection Colby Gibbs anchors the group. The junior, along with classmate Lucy Wagner and sophomore Lindsay Kingston have been the regulars.

In goal, junior Jocelyn Remmert is 12-3 with a 0.73 GAA and three shutouts. Sophomore Elizabeth Foody has also seen time in goal as of late, owning a 1-0-2 record with a 0.20 GAA and a shutout.

2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Sectional
Saturday, November 19th – William Smith College
Middlebury (13-3-2) vs. William Smith (18-0-1) – 11:00 a.m.
Williams (12-4-3) vs. Emory (17-0-2) – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 20th
Sectional Final – 1:00 p.m.