Middlebury Defeats UNE in Home Opener

Olivia Green scored her first career goal in the win.
Olivia Green scored her first career goal in the win.

Middlebury scored six first-half goals on its way to a 7-0 win over the University of New England (0-4) on Sunday in its home opener on Kohn Field. The top-ranked Panthers (3-0) return to action on Saturday when they host Amherst at 11:00 a.m. The Nor'easters will entertain Western New England College on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Middlebury got on the board 7:03 into the game when Molly Freeman tipped in a pass from Emma Johns on a penalty corner. Olivia Green made it a 2-0 game when she scored on a rebound after a shot from Johns had been saved. The goal was the first of her career for Green. Just 38 seconds later, Freeman netted her second of the game, converting a crossing pass from Julia Richards.

Danielle Brown gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead at the 15:32 mark when knocked in a rebound, following a save by UNE goalkeeper Liz Sargent on Grace Murphy. Erin Nicholas followed, carrying the ball in on the right side before ripping a shot into the goal for a 5-0 lead. Grace Jennings netted the final goal of the half just 27 seconds later, carrying the ball down the right side and beating a defender, before blasting a shot into the back of the cage.

Middlebury's Selin Everett scored the only goal of the second half, tipping in a hard shot from the outside by Nicholas.

Middlebury finished the game with a 25-4 advantage in shots, leading 16-3 in penalty corners. Megan Collins (53 minutes) and Grace Harlan (17 minutes) shared time in net for the Panthers, while Sargent mads 12 stops for UNE. The Panthers have now outscored their opponents 21-0 through the first three contests.