Middlebury used a goal in each half on its way to a 2-0 win over in-state foe Castleton (3-9-0) Wednesday afternoon on Dragone Field. The fourth-ranked Panthers (10-0-0) return to action on Saturday when they host #23 Tufts at 1:30 p.m., while the Spartans visit UMass-Dartmouth on the same day.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 19:26 into the game when Sabrina Glaser scored from 18 yards out with a hard rolling shot to the far post. The goal was her fifth of the season, tying her for the team lead.
Middlebury had a great chance to double its lead in the 70th minute. Ellie Bavier raced to the ball down the right wing before centering a hard pass to Ellie Greenberg. Her shot deflected hard off the cross bar and back into the penalty area, before a second bid sailed high.
Three minutes later, Eliza Robinson's free kick from 20 yards out on the left side was saved by Castleton keeper Loren Henderson. Middlebury kept coming with more pressure in the 79th minute with a flury in the box. Olivia Miller's initial attempt was saved, before Riley Kinum quickly fired the rebound off the right post. The ball came right back to Kinum, but her second attempt was saved by Henderson.
Castleton's best chance to score with 3:30 remaining when Syd Shappy's hard shot deflected wide off a Panther defender.
Greenberg put the game away for Middlebury with 2:21 remaining on her third of the season. After carrying the ball into the box, Greenberg made a nice move to beat a defender before firing a left-footed shot into the far corner of the net.
Middlebury controlled play with a 40-2 shots advantage in the contest. Ursula Alwang made one save in goal to earn her 25th career win as a Panther. Henderson finished with seven stops for the visitors.
The Panthers are now one win shy of tying the school's longest winning streak of 11 games set in 2000.