Playing on the road for the first time, the Middlebury women's soccer team scored once in each half as the Panthers (2-1) posted a 2-1 triumph Wednesday night at Plattsburgh State (3-2). Middlebury returns to NESCAC play Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. road contest at No. 12 Amherst.
The Panthers got off to a fast start, taking advantage of a corner kick in the opening minutes. After a scramble in front, Eliza Van Voorhis headed in a short pass from Alissa Huntington from inside the goal crease for her first collegiate tally 6:39 into the contest. Plattsburgh State's Cait Gagen knotted the score at 1-1 with 14:09 left in the opening frame, chipping in a shot from 12 yards out.
In the second half, the Panthers netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 55th minute. Alex Barber directed a through ball to Leah Salzman, who beat a defender and used a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area for her first score in a Middlebury uniform.
The Cardinals responded with two quality chances minutes later, both coming from Sarah Haight. Her first scoring bid from the right side was just wide, while her second attempt hit the post.
The Panthers nearly tacked on an insurance goal with eight minutes remaining, but Olivia Miller's shot from close range was blocked by a defender, making the final 2-1.
Ursula Alwang made a pair of saves to earn the win in goal for Middlebury, while Nichole Gibson had five stops for the Cardinals. The Panthers held a 15-8 edge in shots during the win.