A pair of goals in each half sparked Middlebury to a 4-1 season-opening road victory Wednesday at Colby-Sawyer. The Panthers (1-0) return to action Saturday when they open NESCAC play with an 11:30 a.m. road contest at Connecticut College.
Adrianna Gildner 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. Amanda Hotvedt 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 Emma Shumway, 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 Katherine Hobbs 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 keeper Kate Reinmuth 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.