Women's Soccer Improves to 9-0

Eliza Van Voorhis scored her third goal of the season in Sunday's win.
Eliza Van Voorhis scored her third goal of the season in Sunday's win.

The Panther women's soccer team improved on its program-best start, improving to 9-0-0 with a 2-1 win at New England College (6-6-1) on Sunday afternoon. Middlebury returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Castleton in a 4:00 p.m. contest.

Middlebury wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Eliza Van Voorhis chipped in a ball over NEC keeper Emily Sashko just 2:16 into the game. The goal was her third of the season.

The Panthers doubled their lead at the 36:20 mark on the second of the year from Simone Ameer. Sara DiCenso collected the ball in the top-left corner of the 18-yard box and drew Sashko out, before passing to Ameer in the middle for the eventual game-winner.

NEC got on the board in the second half on a 40-yard strike by Emily LePage from just a step inside the left sideline.

Eva Shaw earned the win in goal for Middlebury, stopping one shot in the first half. Sachi Howson allowed a goal and made five saves in the second half.  Sashko had a busy day in net, stopping 11 of the 13 shots she faced for the Pilgrims.