The Middlebury women's soccer team improved to 10-2-2 (5-2-2) with a 5-0 victory at Bates (6-7-1, 2-6-1) on Saturday. The win was the Panthers' sixth shutout in their eight-game unbeaten streak. With the victory, Middlebury has secured a NESCAC Quarterfinal home game next Saturday. The Panthers cap the regular season on Tuesday when they entertain Williams at 3:00 p.m.
The Panthers got out to a quick start, scoring just 2:31 into the game to make it 1-0. Amanda Dafonte crossed the ball into the box, finding Sabrina Glaser's feet. Glaser tapped the ball back to Virginia Charman, who buried the ball in the upper-left corner of the goal from 20 yards out. The lead grew to 2-0 at the 21:33 mark when Glaser chipped the ball ahead to Charman, who tucked the shot inside the bottom right post for her fifth goal of the year.
The Bobcats' best opportunity to cut the deficit in half came at the 25:03 mark. So Kim centered a feed intended for Caroline Bogue, but Middlebury goalkeeper Ursula Alwang denied the chance by punching the ball away.
Out of the break, the Panthers tallied their third goal at the 64:25 mark, when Ellie Greenberg one-timed Dafonte's through-ball for her first tally of the season.
Middlebury increased the lead to 4-0 just 3:52 later. Alex Barber carried the ball down the left side of the field before crossing it into Greenberg, who knocked the ball past Bates' goalie Sarah McCarthy for her second of the game.
Glaser snuck in the final goal for the Panthers with a little more than a minute remaining. On a breakaway, Glaser beat McCarthy in a one-on-one situation, before her hard shot found back of the net.
Alwang played the opening half in goal for the Panthers and finished with one save, while Eva Shaw made two stops in the final 45 minutes. McCarthy collected four saves for the Bobcats, while Middlebury held a 14-9 advantage in shots.