Middlebury

Kirk Scores Late To Push Women's Soccer Past Williams

October 22, 2013

Scarlett Kirk scored the game-winner with just 50 seconds left as Middlebury earned a 1-0 shutout victory over #22 Williams (8-2-2, 5-2-1) in a key NESCAC match-up on Dragone Field. With the win, the 14th-ranked Panthers clinch the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, with quarterfinals slated for November 2nd. Middlebury returns to action this Saturday at Wesleyan.

The first half was back and forth, with a lot of midfield play. Williams had some opportunities 20 minutes into the game with three straight corner kicks, but could not get on the board.

Kirk had a good look in the 38th minute, but her blast from 30 yards out sailed just over the crossbar. The Ephs threatened late in the half after a cross left a scrum in the goal area that was eventually cleared away.

The second half featured fewer quality scoring chances, with each team having a couple good looks. The game-winner came in transition as the clock was winding down. Carter Talgo played a ball up the left side to Kirk who ran onto the ball just inside the 18. Williams’ keeper Hannah Van Wetter came out to challenge the play as Kirk quickly chipped a shot past her and inside the far post. The goal was her team-leading ninth of the season, tying her for the NESCAC lead. Kirk now owns 40 goals in 64 career games.

Middlebury held a 13-4 shots advantage in the game, with many of the Williams’ crosses unable to connect. The Ephs held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks, with the fouls tied at 5-5. Elizabeth Foody made three stops in goal to earn her seventh shutout of the season. Van Wetter finished with three saves for the Ephs.

The Panthers are now unbeaten in their last 12 games (10-0-2), dating back to a season opening 1-0 OT loss at Amherst. The Ephs see their unbeaten streak snapped at eight games.