The Middlebury women’s soccer team posted a 1-0-1 record during a pair of home matches last week to open the 2015 season. Middlebury scored twice in each half on its way to a 4-0 victory over Colby-Sawyer Wednesday on Dragone Field. During Sunday’s NESCAC match with #19 Connecticut College, the team found the back of the net a little more than four minutes apart in a 1-1 draw.
On Wednesday, Middlebury had a flurry of shots in the early with down-pouring rain, before the game was delayed 53 minutes with lightning in the area.
Following the delay, the Panthers got on the board at the 18:37 mark when junior Grace Woroch (London, U.K.) played a through ball to classmate Amy Martin (Sandy Hook, Conn.), who ripped a shot into the back of the net off Colby-Sawyer keeper Karley Hamilton.
The lead doubled at 25:10 when junior Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.) converted a cross on the right side from senior Jamie Soroka (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
Leading 2-0 at the intermission, Middlebury senior Hannah Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) netted the team's third of the game at 58:10. Woroch played a nice pass through the middle, where Robinson one-touched it into the back of the net.
Sophomore Emma Shumway (Arlington, Va.) scored the final goal on a nice individual effort, settling a ball before turning and scoring with a shot to the far corner off the crossbar from 15 yards out.
Middlebury finished the game with a 28-0 shots advantage, as Hamilton made 13 stops for the Chargers. Junior Kate Reinmuth (Olympia, Wash.) and sophomore Emily Eslinger (Wayzata, Minn.) each played 45 minutes of scoreless soccer between the pipes for the Panthers.
On a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon, both teams started the opening half with scoring chances. The visitors grabbed the early advantage at 13:51 when Annie Higgins gathered the ball in her offensive zone. She dribbled the ball down the right side and into the six-yard box. Higgins sent a low cross into the area that found the feet of Nicole Medina, who one-touched it into the left side of the goal past Eslinger.
Keeping the pressure up, the Panthers knotted the score a little more than four minutes later. Woroch picked up a loose ball on the right sideline and sent a long, hard crossing ball into the wind that found the feet of Martin. With Camel defenders closing in, Martin made a quick move to her right and laced a hard shot to the upper-right corner of the Connecticut College goal past goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo at the 18:07 mark.
The score remained tied at 1-1 into the intermission as the rain picked up in the latter part of the opening half. As the rain continued to come down in the second stanza, neither team could muster up many scoring opportunities.
Middlebury's greatest chance to move ahead was in the 58th minute when Robinson ripped a shot from the right side about 20 yards out, as Montalvo made a nice save going to her right. The Camels best opportunity to take the lead happened with just over six minutes left, when Higgins tried to knock down a skipping cross from the right, as her shot went up and over Reinmuth's outstretched hands and over the crossbar from eight yards.
After the first overtime in which each team had just one shot, play opened up in the second extra session as the rain subsided. In the 102nd minute, Montalvo came charging off her line and denied a chance from the left side by a sprinting Soroka from 25 yards away.
A little less than three minutes later following a Camel foul, Soroka curled the ensuing free kick from left to right that Montalvo had to make a diving save on the left side of her goal. Robinson looked for the game-winning score in the 108th minute with a shot from the left at the 18, but was denied on a diving save to the far post by Montalvo as the game ended in a draw.
In the evenly-played match, the Panthers held a narrow 17-14 edge in shots, while the Camels had four corner kicks to Middlebury's three. Eslinger made two saves in the opening half, while Reinmuth played the final 65:00 minutes with four saves and didn't allow a goal. Montalvo was credited with six stops in the match for Connecticut College.
• Women’s soccer record: 1-0-1
• Up next: 9/19 at Amherst – 12:00 p.m., 9/20 vs. Hamilton – 1:00 p.m.