Third-Ranked Women’s Soccer Wins NCAA Regional, Set to Host NCAA Sectional

Third-Ranked Women’s Soccer Wins NCAA Regional, Set to Host NCAA Sectional

The third-ranked Middlebury women’s soccer team won its eighth NCAA Regional title on Sunday when it battled to a scoreless tie with Ithaca in regulation, advancing by a 3-0 tally on penalty kicks. The Panthers moved into the championship after defeating Maine Farmington by a 4-1 score on Saturday. Middlebury has earned the right to host the NCAA Sectional round this weekend on Dragone Field. The Panthers will play 12th-ranked Swarthmore on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., while the second match features sixth-ranked Hardin-Simmons (Texas) and 10th-ranked Misericordia at 2:00 p.m. The winners will meet in the sectional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

  • The Panthers got on the scoreboard first in the 33rd minute against Maine Farmington when senior Abigail Blyler (East Hampton, Conn.) ran onto the ball on the left post and deposited it into the back of the net.
  • Just after halftime, the Beavers knotted the score at 1-1 in the 51st minute.
  • Middlebury tallied the final three goals of the contest from junior Olivia Miller (Laguna Beach, Calif.) at the 63:54 mark, sophomore Eliza Van Voorhis (Mattapoisett, Mass.) at 77:19 and junior Eliza Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) with 3:56 left for the 4-1 final score.
  • Middlebury held a 51-2 advantage in shots and took all 16 of the match’s corner kicks.
  • Against Ithaca, the Panthers had few chances to score in regulation and both overtime periods. The best chance came in the 31st minute when Robinson collected a bouncing ball seven yards away on the right, volleying a shot that the Ithaca goalkeeper punched wide of the near post.
  • During penalty kicks, senior Sara DiCenso (Glastonbury, Conn.), junior Ellie Greenberg (Gladwyne, Pa.) and rookie Cate Shellenback (Evanston, Ill.) each made their attempts to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage.
  • As she did in the NESCAC Semifinals, Middlebury junior goalie Eva Shaw (Park City, Utah) came off the bench to face the penalty kicks. She saved an attempt by Ithaca's Brady Lynch on the right side of the net, stopped a bending shot by Sam Robinson and sent the Panthers to the sectional round when she denied Ithaca's Ally Christman on the left post.
  • In goal for the Panthers during the 110 minutes of action, junior Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) finished with five saves.
  • Middlebury held a 23-6 advantage in shots and took all six corner kicks.
  • The Panthers have outscored the opposition 47-10 through 20 matches this season with 15 different players recording a goal.

• Women’s soccer record: 16-1-3
• Up next: 11/17 vs. Swarthmore (NCAA Sectionals) – 11:00 a.m., 11/17 Hardin-Simmons (Texas) vs. Misericordia – 1:30 p.m., 11/18 NCAA Sectional Final – 1:00 p.m.