The Middlebury women's soccer team netted the game's only goal in the first half, as the second-seeded Panthers (14-1-1) collected a 1-0 shutout over seventh-seeded Bowdoin (7-7-2) in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday. With the win, the hosts advance to the championship weekend of the tournament, with a site and opponent being determined following the remaining games on Sunday.
The first half saw a majority of play taking place in the midfield, but Middlebury took advantage of a corner kick. Eliza Robinson hooked a kick on goal that hit off Polar Bear keeper Penny Rocchio and went into the net for her fourth tally of the fall with 18:45 expired.
The visitors pressed at the start of the second half, as Panther goalie Eva Shaw stopped a header by Julia Patterson and a minute later Sophia Lemmer's shot sailed high.
The weather forced the teams to sit through a two-hour delay, but Bowdoin continued looking for the equalizer. Minutes after play resumed, Julia Adelmann's corner kick was headed on goal by Morgen Gallagher, forcing Shaw to make another save.
The Polar Bears recorded the game's final four shots on goal, with Shaw smothering the final offering by Tess Huckaby from the right side with eight seconds left in the game.
Shaw made a career-high 10 saves for the Panthers for her first career shutout. Rocchio had four stops for Bowdoin, as the visitors came away with a 19-10 edge in shots and took seven of the game's nine corner kicks.