Women's Soccer Earns NCAA Bid

November 5, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s soccer team will make its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host an NCAA Regional. The Panthers will take on Castleton on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m., while Misericordia meets Lesley at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the games.

Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 10-6 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in ’97 and ’11, falling in the sectionals in ’04, ’06 and ’09.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after being upset as the top seed in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Nine-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with a career record of 101-36-18 (.710) entering weekend play. He was recently named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third time.

Defense has been the key for the Panthers in ’12, with the team boasting nine shutouts and a league-best 0.45 goals against average. The team opened the season with a scoreless streak of 614:31 that spanned the first seven games of the season.

Senior Scarlett Kirk earned first-team honors for the second straight season after leading the team with nine goals and 21 points to go along with three assists. Her .60 goals/game place her second in the NESCAC, while her 1.33 points/game have her fourth. Kirk has come on strong down the stretch, with five goals in her last four games. She is fourth all-time at Middlebury with 30 goals in 49 games played.

Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Foody took over full-time duties this season in goal and boasts a NESCAC-best 0.41 goals against average. She has played 94% of the minutes in net this season, owing a 12-1-1 record with seven shutouts. The first-team All-NESCAC selection opened the season with a scoreless streak of 614:31 that spanned the first seven games. She owns 57 saves on the year and paces the NESCAC with a .905 save percentage.

Junior Julia Favorito earned All-NESCAC honors for the second straight year, earning second-team honors in ’12. The junior leads the team and is tied for third in the NESCAC with .4 assists/game this season. Her biggest point total of the year came in the season finale at Williams, where she scored a goal and assisted on two others in a 3-1 win over the Ephs.

Sophomore Carter Talgo (2-2-6), senior Amy Schlueter (2-1-5), sophomore Claire Nishioka (2-1-5) and rookie Hannah Robinson (2-0-4) round out the team’s leading scorers.

Senior Maddy Boston was named to the All-NESCAC second-team, serving as one of the team captains for the second straight year. After an injury her rookie season, Boston has played in 49 games at Middlebury. She scored her first career goal at Rensselaer this season in a 2-0 Panther win.

2012 NCAA Women’s Soccer Regional
Saturday, November 10th – Middlebury College
Castleton (15-4-1) vs. Middlebury (12-2-1) – 11:00 a.m.
Misericordia (17-2-1) vs. Lesley (16-2-2) – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11th
Regional Final – 1:30 p.m.

more to come...