Women's Soccer Remains Unbeaten
September 29, 2012
Eighth-ranked Middlebury picked up a 2-1 NESCAC road win at Wesleyan on Saturday as Claire Nishioka and Scarlett Kirk scored goals for the Panthers in the first half. Near the end of the first half, Wesleyan sophomore Claire Ashforth scored to bring the Cardinals within one. Ashforth's goal marked an end to a six-game, 614:31 shutout streak, as Middlebury junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Foody had not allowed a goal yet this year.
Middlebury's first goal came in the second minute of the game. Amy Schlueter centered the ball for Nishioka, who placed the ball perfectly in the left corner of the net from about eight yards out for her first goal of the season. Middlebury's second goal came as Julia Favorito brought the ball through the defense and passed it to Kirk, who placed the ball in the left side of the net for her third goal of the season.
Wesleyan's only goal of the contest came with 20 seconds left in the first period. Following two deflections in the midst of a chaotic battle in front of the Middlebury net, Ashforth collected the ball to score her second goal of the season.
Wesleyan outshot Middlebury, 8-5, in the second half and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on the day, but was unable to score a second goal, as Foody came up with four saves in the second half and six total for the game. Wesleyan's goalkeeper, sophomore Jessica Tollman, amassed seven total saves. Shots for the game were even at 15 apiece.
With this victory, Middlebury's record improves to 6-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the NESCAC, with their only tie coming at the hands of sixth-ranked nationally Amherst. The Panthers resume its schedule on Wed., Oct. 3, with a trip to RPI.