Middlebury

Women's Soccer Battles Amherst To Scoreless Tie

September 23, 2012

In a battle of two teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, 110 minutes wasn’t enough as ninth-ranked Middlebury (5-0-1, 3-0-1) and sixth-ranked Amherst (4-0-1, 2-0-1) battled to a scoreless tie on Dragone Field. The Panthers return at action next Saturday at Wesleyan, while the Jeffs host Trinity on Wednesday.

Middlebury had a great chance in the 10th minute when Scarlett Kirk’s shot hit the crossbar and the Panthers were unable to capitalize on the rebound. Amherst had a nice opportunity of its own in the 37th minute, when Jessy Hale’s shot on a free kick was denied by a sliding save from Panther keeper Elizabeth Foody.

The second half saw Kirk hit the crossbar again, this time from close range after a feed from Rachel Madding in the 54th minute. Unfortunately for Kirk, the third time wouldn’t be the charm, as she again struck the crossbar with a shot in the 63rd minute of play.

The teams remained scoreless throughout the remainder of regulation, forcing two 10-minute overtime periods. Amherst had a great look in the first overtime as Maggie Belnap’s shot after a free kick was denied by a leaping one-armed save by Elizabeth Foody. The Jeffs against threatened in the second OT, but Foody denied a header from Emily Little on a corner kick.

Middlebury finished with a 17-13 shots advantage, as Foody made nine stops and Holly Burwick earned seven.

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