Women’s Soccer Goes 1-1 to Open 2016 Season

Katherine Hobbs scored in the 61st minute during Wednesday's victory.
Katherine Hobbs scored in the 61st minute during Wednesday's victory.

The Middlebury women’s soccer team posted a 1-1 record during a pair of road matches last week to open the 2016 season. Middlebury scored twice in each half on its way to a 4-1 victory Wednesday at Colby-Sawyer. A goal in the second overtime Saturday lifted Connecticut College to a 3-2 narrow win over the Panthers to begin NESCAC play.

In Wednesday’s win, senior Adrianna Gildner (Woodinville, Wash.) looked to get the visitors on the board in the fifth minute, but her bid was thwarted by Charger goalkeeper Sam Mitchell.

Colby-Sawyer’s best opportunity in the opening half came in the 33rd minute when the hosts were awarded a free kick from 35 yards. Corrie Hoyt sent the ball toward the Panther goal, but the attempt glanced off the crossbar.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard three minutes later after a failed clearing attempt by Colby-Sawyer. Senior Amanda Hotvedt (Eagan, Minn.) lofted a shot over Mitchell’s outreached hand for the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. Middlebury doubled its lead just over a minute later when Hotvedt set up a chance for junior Emma Shumway (Arlington, Va.), who one-timed the pass into the net for a 2-0 Panther lead.

In the second half, Colby-Sawyer was awarded a penalty kick after a foul occurred in the box in the 50th minute. Abbie Sansoucy finished inside the left post, cutting the deficit in half and giving the Chargers their first goal against the Panthers since 1983 in 13 matches played.

Middlebury capped the scoring with goals from senior Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Gildner in a span of 2:38 for the final outcome. Hobbs ripped a shot into the opposite corner from a tough angle in the 61st minute, while Gildner’s goal came via a penalty kick.

Middlebury senior keeper Kate Reinmuth (Olympia, Wash.) earned the win making two saves, while Mitchell finished with seven stops for the Chargers. The Panthers held a 21-6 advantage in shots for the match.

On Saturday afternoon at Connecticut College, the Panthers held a 17-7 advantage in shots for the match, but could not pick up the win.

Sophomore Alex Barber (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) gave Middlebury a 1-0 lead 38:17 into the game with her first career goal. The Camels tied the game on an “own goal” just over two minutes later.

Locked in a 1-1 tie at the half, the Camels took their first lead when Livi Block won a ball ahead to Alex Baltazar, who chipped it into the net for the Camels in a one-on-one situation with the Middlebury goalkeeper.

With 5:37 to go, the Panthers answered when Gildner rifled home a shot from 30 yards out to even the match at 2-2.

After a scoreless first overtime, Alexa Tribelli buried a 35-yard blast in the 102nd minute to lift the Camels to the victory on Freeman Field at Tempel Green. Connecticut College goalkeeper Sarah Williams finished with six saves in the victory, while Reinmuth made one save in goal.

• Women’s soccer record: 1-1-0
• Up next: 9/14 vs. Plattsburgh State – 4:30 p.m., 9/17 vs. Amherst – 12:00 p.m.