The Middlebury women’s soccer team tallied a pair of home victories last week on Dragone Field. Middlebury scored three times in the second half on its way to a 4-1 victory Wednesday over visiting Plattsburgh State. On Saturday, Middlebury junior Emma Shumway (Arlington, Va.) scored the match’s only goal 64:31 into the contest, lifting the Panthers to a 1-0 victory over 10th-ranked Amherst.
In Wednesday’s contest, the Cardinals took an early 1-0 when Anissa Hartmann collected a pass from Madeline Saccocio and dribbled into the Middlebury penalty area. After creating a shooting lane, Hartmann lined a shot into the upper-right corner of the net 1:15 into the contest.
Middlebury came close to pulling even on a scramble in front of the Plattsburgh State net in the 28th minute, but defender Paige Howk cleared the ball out of harm’s way to keep the difference at one.
The Panthers got the equalizer late in the first half when junior Rebecca Palacios (Arlington, Va.) served a cross from the right wing into the penalty area. Sophomore Abigail Blyler (East Hampton, Conn.) ran onto the ball and headed a shot into the back of the net. Blyler’s goal, the first of her career, came with 3:48 remaining in the half.
With the score knotted at 1-1 entering the second half, Middlebury took its first lead of the match on a play that originated with a corner kick. Senior Adrianna Gildner (Woodinville, Wash.) lofted the ball into the wind toward classmate Amanda Hotvedt (Eagan, Minn.), who one-touched it to the far post where senior Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.) put Middlebury in front with her second goal of the season. The goal came 4:21 into the new half.
The Panthers added two quick goals in the final 10 minutes of the match, as Blyler netted her second of the game and Shumway added the contest’s final tally. Blyler touched in a short pass from senior Amy Martin (Sandy Hook, Conn.) with 7:07 showing on the clock, while Shumway tucked home a rebound and 1:42 later. That goal came just after Plattsburgh State keeper Nichole Gibson made a diving save on a shot by rookie Sabrina Glaser (Glastonbury, Conn.).
Middlebury rookie goalie Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) made one save in the second half for her first collegiate victory, while senior Kate Reinmuth (Olympia, Wash.) played the opening period. Gibson finished with 10 saves, as the Panthers held a 23-3 advantage in shots.
On Saturday against Amherst, the first half saw few scoring attempts, with the best coming by Middlebury in the 26th minute. Gildner ripped a shot from 25 yards out that hooked toward the left corner before deflecting off the crossbar.
The Panthers threatened again in the 52nd minute when Hobbs’ shot from 18 yards away on the right was denied by a diving save from Amherst keeper Chelsea Cutler.
Amherst nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute with a pair of great opportunities. Hannah Guzzi cut down the left side and created some space before her shot was denied by Alwang, who came out to cut off the angle. The rebound went to Amherst’s Sloan Askins, but her shot at an apparent open goal was knocked away by Panther senior defender Amanda Haik (High Bridge, N.J.).
The match’s only goal came at the 64:31 when Shumway netted her team-leading third of the season. A corner kick from the left corner by Hotvedt was touched to the middle by Gildner from the goal line. Shumway was there for the quick one-touch past Cutler for the 1-0 lead.
Amherst threatened again in the final three minutes, but Laura Greer’s good look was broken up by Middlebury sophomore defender Clare Robinson (Davidson, N.C.).
Middlebury finished with a 10-8 advantage in shots, while holding a 7-3 lead in corner kicks. Alwang made three saves in her first career start to pick up the win. Cutler made a pair of stops for Amherst.
• Women’s soccer record: 3-1-0
• Up next: 9/21 vs. Castleton – 4:30 p.m., 9/24 vs. Bowdoin – 11:00 a.m., 9/25 at Hamilton – 11:00 a.m.