Women’s Soccer Goes 1-1 During NESCAC Weekend

Amanda Hotvedt scored the game-winner with 22 seconds remaining.
Amanda Hotvedt scored the game-winner with 22 seconds remaining.

The Middlebury women’s soccer team posted a 1-1 record during two NESCAC weekend matches. On the road Saturday at #18 Amherst, the Jeffs scored with 17 seconds left for a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Returning home to Dragone Field for a Sunday league match with Hamilton, Middlebury scored three first-half goals in 13:08 on its way to a 4-1 league win.

In Saturday’s hard-fought contest, neither team was able to get on the board in the first 45 minutes of action despite nine total shots between the sides.

The home team's best offensive chance of the half came eight minutes into play when Rubii Tamen collected a pass from Megan Kim and rifled a shot on net from just outside the box that forced Panther junior netminder Kate Reinmuth (Olympia, Wash.) to make a diving save to her left.

With just over a minute left in the half, Middlebury sophomore Emma Shumway (Arlington, Va.) nearly gave her team the advantage, finding the ball in a skirmish in front of the Amherst net and sending a shot toward goal that went just wide.

The Purple & White broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 58th minute when Hannah Guzzi tallied her team-leading third goal of the season. Gathering the inbound corner kick, Hester sent a pass to Guzzi at the top of the box who blasted a low hard shot past the Panther keeper.

Middlebury evened the score 20 minutes later. After a shot by junior Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.) forced Holly Burwick off her feet to make the save, Shumway raced past the Amherst backline and drilled the rebound into the back of the goal.

With 17 seconds on the clock and the game appearing to be headed into overtime, a well-placed ball by Rachael Abernethy down the right sideline met the feet of Emily Hester, whose shot from just inside the box beat Reinmuth to her right.

Amherst held the advantage in both shots and corner kicks, 15-9 and 8-5, respectively. Reinmuth was credited with five saves for the Panthers in the matchup, while Burwick registered five stops in the winning effort.

During Sunday’s home victory, senior Jamie Soroka (Redondo Beach, Calif.) got things going for the Panthers, scoring twice in a 2:56 span. Her first tally came at the 21:08 mark from 12 yards out after a restart. Junior Grace Woroch (London, U.K.) touched the ball to Soroka, who ripped a shot over the wall and into the top-right corner of the net.

Middlebury's second goal came on a corner kick, as the ball bounced to sophomore Alissa Huntington (San Francisco, Calif.) who played a nice header to Soroka, before she netted the 12th of her career on a header past the arms of Rachel Cooley.

Junior Amanda Hotvedt (Eagan, Minn.) got in on the scoring at the 34:19 mark, moving around a few defenders before blasting a shot into the top-right corner of the net from 18 yards out.

Hamilton threatened late in the half as Ali Clarke sent a ball toward the net that was cleared off the goal line by Amanda Dafonte, before Hannah Withiam's follow-up was deflected away.

The Continentals got on the board at the 42:54 after Clarke's initial shot from the left side was partially saved by Reinmuth. Darbe Philbrick was there to finish as the lead was cut to 3-1. Hamilton continued to pressure the Panthers, including a nice opportunity for Withiam in the 48th minute, but her shot went just wide from 15 yards after a footrace with Reinmuth.

Middlebury put some distance between the teams in the 58th minute with the second of the game from Hotvedt. Shumway sent a roller across the box that Hotvedt one-touched into the top-left corner of the net for the game's final goal.

With a strong second half, Hamilton ended the game with a slight 13-12 shots advantage, holding a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Reinmuth finished with five saves to earn the win, while Cooley made four stops for the Continentals.

• Women’s soccer record: 2-1-1
• Up next: 9/22 at Plattsburgh State – 7:00 p.m., 9/26 at Bowdoin – 12:00 p.m.