Women's Soccer Tops Castleton 3-1 In NCAA Play
November 10, 2012
Scarlett Kirk highlighted thee different scorers for Middleburywith the match-clinching goal, as the Panthers defeated Castleton State 3-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Division Tournament on Dragone Field.Middlebury (13-2-2) advances to the second round and will entertain Misericordia tomorrow at 1:30. The #10 Cougars defeated Lesley, 2-0, in the other first-round match this afternoon. The Spartans, who were making their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and third overall, wrap up their season at 15-5-1.
Both squads had their chances over the first 30 minutes of play, but it was Colby Gibbs who broke the scoreless game with 9:20 remaining on the clock in the first half for the Panthers.
Carter Talgo sent in a corner kick from the right side and Gibbs headed it to the top right corner for her third goal of the campaign past Castleton netminder Kaleigh Newton.
Kirk put the hosts on top 2-0 for the eventual game-winner in the 56th minute. Amy Schlueter sent a pass over from the right side and Kirk deposited her shot from the middle of the box into the bottom left corner for her squad-best 10th of the season.
Castleton State broke through the defense in the 64th minute. Mallory Costello notched her team-leading 20th marker of the year after she hit home a blast from 15 yards out on a cross from the right side of the field from Sami Ritter.
In the 71st minute, the Panthers tacked on an insurance goal when Hannah Robinson deflected a ball into the net off a laser from Jamie Soroka for her third marker of the year for the final score.
Elizabeth Foody collected two saves in the win for Middlebury while Newton and Sarah Shilstone combined to stop seven shots in the setback for the visitors.
For the game Middlebury held a 23-7 advantage in shots – including a 15-2 edge in the final stanza – and the 8-1 lead in corners.
The Panthers are now 11-6 all-time in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament in their seventh appearance.