Shumway’s Late Goal Lifts Middlebury Past Wesleyan

Emma Shumway scored Sunday's lone goal in the 88th minute for her fifth tally of the season.
Emma Shumway scored Sunday's lone goal in the 88th minute for her fifth tally of the season.

Middlebury's Emma Shumway scored the match's lone goal with 2:30 left in regulation as the Panthers increased their winning streak to seven with a 1-0 NESCAC victory Sunday over Wesleyan on Dragone Field. Middlebury (11-2, 6-2) has nearly a week off before hosting Bates on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., while the Cardinals (3-7-3, 0-5-3) host Amherst on the same day at 12:00 p.m.

In the opening half, the hosts' best scoring chance came in the ninth minute. Amanda Hotvedt dribbled from the right wing to just inside the penalty area, rifling a shot to the near post before Wesleyan goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown made a diving save to her left. Wesleyan looked to get on the board in the 34th minute when Maya Harlan drove a shot toward the upper-left corner, but Middlebury goalie Kate Reinmuth tipped the attempt just wide.

After the break with the match scoreless, Wesleyan nearly found the back of the net in the 64th minute, but a shot by Sarah Sylla from four yards out was turned away by Middlebury defender Alissa Huntington on the right post. A little more than 13 minutes later, an attempt from eight yards out on the right side by Middlebury's Amy Martin was denied on the near post by Cardinal back Kinsey Yost, keeping the match knotted at 0-0.

The hosts kept the pressure on the Wesleyan defense over the next few minutes, breaking through in the 88th minute. Martin dribbled past her defender on the left side, sliding a pass to Shumway who tapped it into the back of the net for her fifth of the season.   

Middlebury held a 22-6 shots advantage in the match, while both teams had five corner kicks. Reinmuth made a pair of stops for her third shutout of the season and 12th clean sheet of her career, while Cassels-Brown had eight saves for the Cardinals.