No. 18 Women’s Soccer Records Three Wins to Open 2018 Season

Leah Salzman had a goal and an assist in Sunday's win.
Leah Salzman had a goal and an assist in Sunday's win.

The 18th-ranked Middlebury women’s soccer team posted an unblemished 3-0 record last week to start 2018. The Panthers scored four unanswered goals during the second half in its season opener, pulling away for a 5-1 home triumph Wednesday over Gordon. Opening NESCAC play on Saturday, a pair of late scores lifted Middlebury past host Connecticut College, 2-0. A day later, the Panthers scored twice in a span of 6:14 early in the first half, adding a second-half score en route to a 3-0 road win at Roger Williams.

  • Five different players scored a goal in the season-opening win over Gordon, including a penalty-kick tally from sophomore Simone Ameer (Washington, D.C.). Ameer also tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in the victory.
  • Middlebury held a 35-3 advantage in shots and took all five of the contest’s corner kicks.
  • Sophomore Gretchen McGrath (Londonderry, N.H.) scored once and had an assist against the Camels, while junior Olivia Miller (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had the other goal.
  • Panther junior goalie Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) had a big game in front of the goal with 11 saves, including a key one in the first half, for her 10th-career shutout.
  • Junior Virginia Charman (Wenham, Mass.) ripped a shot that deflected off Roger Williams’ goalie Morgan Strassburg at the 9:56 mark, while sophomore Leah Salzman (Montreal, Que.) tapped in a cross at 16:14 for the first-half tallies. Sophomore Eliza Robinson's (Davidson, N.C.) long chip shot from the right side at the 72:51 mark provided the final goal.
  • Middlebury’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in the last 254:19 of play, with the only goal coming early in the first half of the season opener.

• Women’s soccer record: 3-0-0
• Up next: 9/12 vs. Plattsburgh State – 4:00 p.m., 9/15 vs. Amherst – 12:00 p.m.