Junior Hannah Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) scored the match's lone goal in the 30th minute, lifting the Middlebury women's soccer team Saturday to a 1-0 NESCAC road win over Colby.
Though Middlebury had a 21-7 shot advantage in the game, the Mules managed to keep the game close. Robinson's score at 29:48 and was the first of the season and sixth of her career.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half. Middlebury senior Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.) found herself open on the left side, and ripped a shot that just went wide of the left post about seven minutes into the half. The Panthers' other best chance was a blast from about 22 yards out by junior Jamie Soroka (Redondo Beach, Calif.) with 5:20 remaining. Colby goalkeeper Emily Brook made a diving stop on the play.
Colby's best chance of the second half came with just over 19 minutes left to play when Emma Marjollet had her direct kick stopped on a diving play by Middlebury rookie goalie Emily Eslinger (Wayzata, Minn.).
Eslinger, in her first career start in front of the goal for the Panthers, recorded a pair of saves, while Brook tallied 11 stops for the Mules.
Both teams accumulated six corner kicks in the match.
• Women’s soccer record: 4-3
• Up next: 10/1 @ Skidmore – 7:00, 10/4 vs. Tufts – 1:30