The Middlebury women’s soccer team is in the midst of a 15-year stretch that has seen them go 174-61-25, advancing to the NCAA Tournament seven times. The 2013 season was a historic one for the program, as the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament National Semifinals, finishing the year with a school-best 17 wins and a school-record 20-game unbeaten streak.
The team has appeared in all 14 New England Small College Athletic Confernece (NESCAC) Tournaments, advancing to the title game five times with championships in 2000, 2006 and 2013. As part of its eight overall NCAA appearances, Middlebury has won four regionals, while advancing to the national quarterfinals in 1997.
The team prides itself on being nationally competitive every year while maintaining a highly technical, attractive style of play, continued academic leadership, and its unique, close-knit family environment. The program measures its success by achieving all of these goals each year.
Middlebury’s varsity squad carries approximately 24 players in addition to an 18-20 player “B” team. Practice is held daily except Sunday, and a varsity player is expected to attend practice unless she has an academic conflict. Combining two-hour practice sessions with preparation and post-activity time, each student is likely to be committed to a total of about three hours a day.
Middlebury also fields a “B” team for the development of promising young players. The “B” team plays a seven-match schedule against such teams as Dartmouth and Williams. Each year, the “B” team supplies players for the varsity squad.
For the Division I-caliber soccer player who is truly passionate about the game, and who is looking for a nationally-competitive soccer program combined with a world-class education, Middlebury is an excellent choice.