Top-ranked Middlebury extended its winning streak to 28-straight games, scoring twice in the second half for a 2-0 NESCAC victory at 15th-ranked Trinity (9-3, 5-3) Saturday. Middlebury (12-0, 7-0) is right back on the field Sunday at 12:00 p.m., hosting conference opponent Wesleyan.
The Panthers earned the first penalty corner of the contest with 6:45 expired and nearly converted. Grace Jennings stopped the insert for Sophia Peluso, but Bantam goalie Lori Berger kicked the scoring bid aside with her right pad.
Middlebury's best chance to break the scoreless tie came with 55 seconds left in the first half when the Panthers were awarded a penalty stroke. Emma Johns took the shot, but misfired to the left.
In the second half, Trinity had its initial short corner of contest with 27:00 minutes showing on the clock, but Chandler Solimine's shot sailed wide right. Solimine missed the net again on another penalty corner minutes later, this time lifting a shot over the cage.
Middlebury took advantage of a penalty corner in the 59th minute, when Johns slid a pass to Erin Nicholas on the right side, who carried the ball closer to the net and notched her seventh tally of the fall. The goal pushed Nicholas' current point streak to eight-straight games (5-3-13).
The Panthers added an insurance goal with 3:02 remaining, as Johns attempted her second penalty stroke of the contest and tucked a shot inside the left post for a two-goal cushion.
In goal for Middlebury, Megan Collins recorded her third shutout of the season without facing a shot on goal, while Berger collected six stops for the Bantams.
The visitors held a 16-2 advantage in shots and possessed a 10-2 edge in penalty corners.