Middlebury's Anna Glovin scored the game's only goal late in the second half, as the Panthers closed out the regular season Tuesday with a 1-0 upset of NESCAC opponent Williams. The victory extended Middlebury's unbeaten streak to nine-straight game (8-0-1), while the third-ranked Ephs (13-1-1, 8-1-1) lost for the first time this fall. The Panthers (11-2-2, 6-2-2) will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal on Saturday, while Williams will also be home as the top seed.
The teams battled through a scoreless opening half, with the Ephs carrying play backed by a strong wind. Williams had a couple of chances early in the stanza, but the best opportunity came with just over a minute on the clock. Alison Lu turned on a loose ball in the Panther penalty area, firing a shot off the left post.
Middlebury also had a scoring chance in the first 45 minutes when Virginia Charman sprung Ellie Greenberg behind the Eph defense with a through ball, but a Williams' defender held off the Panther without allowing a shot.
Panther goalie Ursula Alwang kept the game tied in the second half, making a pair of big saves. Just over 10 minutes into the new frame, she made a diving save on a header from Natalie Turner-Wyatt and later punched out a scoring bid by Sarah Kelly.
The hosts broke through for the game's only goal, taking advantage of a free kick from the top of the Williams' penalty area. Glovin hit a rising shot that Eph goalie Whitney Lincoln punched up, but the ball hit the underside of the cross bar and dropped into goal for Glovin's first collegiate tally with 7:21 remaining.
Williams had a good look to get the equalizer with 4:38 on the clock, but Victoria Liano's shot from the right side sailed wide of the near post.
Alwang recorded a career-high 13 saves for her fifth solo shutout of the season, while extending her scoreless streak to 395:54. Lincoln made two stops for Williams, as the Ephs held a 24-7 advantage in shots for the game.