No. 18 Middlebury Pulls Away From Gordon, 5-1

Sara DiCenso's first career goal proved to be the game-winning tally against Gordon.
Sara DiCenso's first career goal proved to be the game-winning tally against Gordon.

The Middlebury women's soccer team scored four unanswered goals during the second half in its season opener, pulling away for a 5-1 triumph Wednesday over Gordon. The 18th-ranked Panthers (1-0) begin NESCAC play Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. road contest at Connecticut College, while the Fighting Scots (1-2) are in action the same day at Wheaton for a 1:00 p.m. match.

Middlebury netted its first goal of the season 2:44 into the contest, as Sabrina Glaser laced a shot from the top of the penalty area off the right post and in. Gordon countered just under 13 minutes later when Kyra Skurcenski pushed a pass ahead to Lexi Potter, who hit a rising shot that went under the cross bar over Panther keeper Ursula Alwang. The goal was Potter's third in as many games for the visitors.

The hosts nearly took the lead in the late stages of the frame on a header by Eliza Van Voorhis. Alex Barber served a set piece deep inside the Fighting Scot restraining area, but Van Voorhis' scoring bid went high with 5:55 showing on the clock.

In the second stanza, Middlebury again tallied in the early going to regain the lead. Simone Ameer split two defenders on the right side, directed a shot on goal that Sara DiCenso buried at the far post with 4:58 expired. The goal was DiCenso's first in a Panther uniform. Middlebury increased the advantage to 3-1 when it was awarded a penalty kick after Ameer was taken down inside the 18. Ameer touched an accurate shot into the lower-right corner with 32:16 remaining, netting her initial collegiate tally.

The hosts closed out the scoring with a pair of goals coming 2:58 apart. Ellie Greenberg tapped in a shot at the left post on a set up by Olivia Miller, while Leah Salzman headed in a cross from the right wing by Miller with 12:16 remaining.

Alwang earned the victory in net for the Panthers with one save, while Maso recorded 16 for the Fighting Scots.  

Middlebury held a decisive 35-3 edge in shots and took all five of the game's corner kicks.