Women’s Soccer Splits Pair of Contests

Jamie Soroka scored both goals during Wednesday's victory over Keene State.
Jamie Soroka scored both goals during Wednesday's victory over Keene State.

The Middlebury women’s soccer team posted a 1-1 record during a pair of matches last week. Middlebury utilized two second-half goals on its way to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Keene State Wednesday on Dragone Field. During Saturday’s road NESCAC match with Connecticut College, the host Camels scored a pair in the second-half en route to a 3-0 win.

On Wednesday, Middlebury controlled play and possession for much of the first half. On a direct kick, the hosts nearly got on the board in the 22nd minute. Following a foul, junior Jamie Soroka (Redondo Beach, Calif.) laced a direct kick from 25 yards away that Keene State goalie Victoria Crenson made a leaping save directly over her head, as the ball hit the crossbar and bounced away.

In the 42nd minute with the match still scoreless, the Owls jumped on an errant Middlebury touch in the defensive end. Rebecca Costello secured the loose ball on the right side and sent a through ball to Shannon Summers who laced a shot into the top left corner for a 1-0 lead.

The score remained a 1-0 Keene State advantage headed into the halftime break. After the intermission, Middlebury knotted the match early in the second stanza. With the ball bouncing around in the 48th minute near the midfield stripe, Middlebury sophomore Day Robins (McKinleyville, Calif.) corralled it and sent Soroka a nifty pass up the left flank. Soroka worked her way into the middle of the pitch and drilled into the upper left corner, tying the match at 1-1.

Nearing the midway point of the second stanza, Middlebury nearly grabbed the lead when sophomore Krystina Reynolds (Wallingford, Conn.) struck a hard, low shot from 12 yards out as Crenson made a diving stop to her left.

With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in the 84th minute, Soroka was the recipient of a pass down the sideline from sophomore Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.). She worked her way around a defender toward the middle and laced a shot from just inside the penalty box to the back of the net for the game-winning goal.

Sophomore Kate Reinmuth (Olympia, Wash.) finished with two saves in goal for the Panthers, while Crenson collected eight stops for the Owls.

Against the Camels on Saturday, Astrid Kempainen opened the scoring for the hosts in the 21st minute when she buried a penalty kick to the near side post.

The lead remained a 1-0 edge for the Camels headed into the second stanza. In the 72nd minute, the hosts' Grace Bilodeau unloaded a shot from 35 yards away. The blast sailed just out of the reach of Reinmuth's hand and tucked in under the crossbar for a goal, as Kempainen was credited with the assist.

Soroka nearly got one back for the Panthers in the 74th minute, but Bryanna Montalvo made a diving stab for one of her seven second-half saves for the Camels. Overall, she collected 11 stops in the contest.

In the 79th minute, Kempainen tacked on another goal when she hooked a corner kick that landed just inside the far post.

Reinmuth made eight saves in the setback for the Panthers.

Shots were even at 13-13, while the Camels held a slight edge in corners, 3-2.

• Women’s soccer record: 2-2
• Up next: 9/16 vs. Plattsburgh State – 4:00, 9/20 vs. Bowdoin – 11:00