The Middlebury women's soccer team scored four-straight goals to erase an early deficit, as the Panthers secured a 4-1 road NESCAC win Saturday at Colby. The victory was the eighth straight to start the season for Middlebury, setting a program mark for wins at the beginning of the year. The fifth-ranked Panthers (8-0-0, 5-0-0) are right back on the field Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. start at New England College.
The Mules (3-4-0, 1-4-0) jumped out to an early lead, getting on the scoreboard in the game's first five minutes. Colby's Kara Wilson collected a ball deep in the right corner on the Middlebury end of the field, firing a shot on goal that curled inside the far post 4:20 into the contest. The Panthers pulled even in the latter stages of the half, as Sara DiCenso touched in a cross from Olivia Miller with 16:16 showing on the clock.
Middlebury claimed its first lead less than 10 minutes into the new stanza on Leah Salzman's team-leading fifth tally of the season. Salzman reached out with her left foot, redirecting a nice cross from the left side by Alex Barber with 10:05 expired.
The visitors added some insurance, scoring a pair of goals 2:30 apart in the final 15 minutes. The first came with 13:33 remaining, following a save on the defensive end of the field by Panther goalie Ursula Alwang. Alwang sent a long kick into the Mule half of the field where Eliza Robinson ran onto the ball and lofted a long shot into the upper-right corner of the net. Eliza Van Voorhis made it 4-1 minutes later, directing an offering from 15 yards out off the left post and in.
Alwang registered three saves for Middlebury, collecting her seventh win of the season, while Dani Lonati had five stops for the Mules.
Middlebury nearly doubled up Colby in shots at 13-7, while holding a slim 3-2 margin in corner kicks.