Middlebury Battles Trinity to Scoreless Draw

Eliza Robinson had a scoring chance in the 25th minute of Saturday's contest with Trinity.
Eliza Robinson had a scoring chance in the 25th minute of Saturday's contest with Trinity.

The Middlebury women's soccer team remained unbeaten over its last seven matches (6-0-1), battling NESCAC foe Trinity to a scoreless draw on Saturday at Dragone Field. The Panthers (9-2-2, 4-2-2) return to action next Saturday with an 11:00 a.m. conference tilt at Bates, while the Bantams (6-5-2, 4-3-1) travel to Connecticut College on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Scoring opportunities were hard to come by in the first half. The Panthers had a great chance in the 25th minute when Eliza Robinson hit a knuckling shot from 25 yards away that Bantam goalie Julia Pitino smothered.

In the second half, Trinity's best opportunity came in the 72nd minute when Tricia Pollock blasted an attempt from 25 yards that Middlebury goalie Ursula Alwang punched just over the crossbar. The hosts nearly got on the board with a little less than 10 minutes left in regulation when a cross was just out of the reach of a charging Eliza Van Voorhis before Pitino corralled the bending ball.

Following the first overtime that saw both teams with few chances, the Bantams had a great chance in the 102nd minute when Alexa Barbaresi's curling shot from six yards was punched just wide of the far post by Alwang to preserve the draw.

Alwang finished with five saves for her fourth shutout of the season, while Pitino made four stops. Middlebury held a 19-13 advantage in shots and both squads had seven corner kicks.