The Middlebury women's soccer team rattled off its sixth-straight victory to start the season, posting a 3-1 NESCAC triumph Saturday over visiting Bowdoin. The sixth-ranked Panthers (6-0-0, 3-0-0) continue conference play Sunday, traveling to Hamilton at 11:00 a.m., while the Polar Bears (2-3-1, 1-3-0) are back on the field Wednesday at home against the University of New England in a 4:00 p.m. start.
Middlebury jumped out to the early lead, scoring 3:36 into the contest. Eliza Van Voorhis crossed the ball from the left side into the Polar Bear restraining area, where Alex Barber settled the pass and put a hard shot into the net off a Bowdoin defender. The hosts doubled their advantage minutes later when Polar Bear goalie Sabrina Albanese was unable to corral Sabrina Glaser's blast from 20 yards out. Glaser's team-leading fourth tally of the fall came with 11:41 expired.
The Panthers finished the opening 45 minutes in exciting fashion, as Simone Ameer hooked a shot from the left side inside the far post with 4.4 seconds showing on the clock. Ameer's goal was her second of the season and gave the hosts a 3-0 edge at the break.
The Panthers nearly added a goal in the 65th minute on a low shot from the left side by Ellie Greenberg, but substitute goalie Penny Rocchio made a nice diving save. The Polar Bears spoiled Middlebury's bid for a shutout in the closing seconds, when Ali Dougal's shot bounced off a Panther defender and rolled into the net with seven seconds left in the contest.
In goal for the Panthers, Ursula Alwang made four saves for her fifth victory of the season, while Albanese had four stops for Bowdoin and Rocchio added a pair.
The hosts held an 18-10 margin in shots, but the Polar Bears managed a slight 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.