Women's Soccer Defeats Colby In Quarters - Will Host NESCAC Championship Weekend

November 2, 2013

Middlebury extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 3-1 win over Colby (5-7-3) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Dragone Field. The 14th-ranked Panthers (11-1-3) are the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will host the semifinals and finals next weekend on campus. Middlebury will meet Tufts in one contest, while Trinity will face Williams in the other semifinal match-up on Saturday, November 9th.

Middlebury controlled much of the game from start to finish, holding a 23-3 shots advantage in 90 minutes of action. Six minutes into the game, Hannah Robinson played a through ball to Scarlett Kirk, who broke through the Colby defense down the middle. Colby keeper Emily Brook (11 saves) came out to challenge Kirk and made the stop. Minutes later, Kirk crossed a ball from the left side that Carter Talgo just missed with a good look at the net.

The Panthers broke through 23:12 into the contest with a goal from Kirk. Jamie Soroka headed a ball through the box to Kirk on the left side, who quickly one-touched a left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Middlebury had a pair of nice chances in the 28th and 30th minutes, but both were denied by Brook. The first was a solid free kick from Julia Favorito that was knocked away, before Brook came out to challenge Kirk, who was breaking in all alone.

Seven minutes into the second half, a corner from Ali Omsberg was headed off the crossbar by Kirk as the Panthers remained on top, 1-0.

Colby evened the score at the 67:03 mark when Amanda Findlay scored her second of the year on a rebound. The initial shot by Abby Hatch had been stopped by Panther keeper Elizabeth Foody (1 save), with Findlay there to capitalize.

Middlebury wasted little time regaining the lead, striking back 5:51 later. Favorito played a ball to Kirk, who got behind the Colby defense. After waiting for Brook to make a move, Kirk fired a shot into the corner for her 11th of the season, tying her for the NESCAC lead. Favorito’s sixth assist of the season also tied her for the NESCAC lead.

The Panthers held the 2-1 lead until late, when Talgo scored her second of the year with just 5:37 remaining. Kirk’s original shot was saved, but the ball was rolling towards the right post where Talgo was crashing the net to finish.