The Middlebury College women's soccer team will make its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when it hosts an NCAA Regional on Dragone Field. The Panthers will take on Maine-Farmington at 11:00 a.m. on November 10, while Rochester (N.Y.) plays Ithaca in the other first-round contest at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in a second-round match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury, which earned an automatic bid after winning its fourth NESCAC Championship, enters the postseason with an overall record of 18-10 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in 1997 and 2011, earning a trip to the final four in 2013. A year ago, the team earned a 1-0 victory in the opening round before falling to MIT the next day.
Head coach Peter Kim is now in his 15th season with the Panthers, owning a career record of 178-61-30 (.717) and is the program's all-time leader in victories. He was recently tabbed as the 2018 NESCAC Coach of the Year, marking the sixth time in his career he has garnered the league's top honor.
The Panthers boast a 15-1-2 record, beginning the season with a 14-match unbeaten streak (13-0-1) with seven shutouts during that stretch. Middlebury's lone setback came by a 1-0 score on the road at Williams in the regular-season finale, before the Panthers knocked off the Ephs in the NESCAC Championship by the same score.
A total of 14 different players have scored in a very balanced Middlebury attack this season, with the Panthers averaging 2.39 goals per game. The Panthers have seen 27 different players in the starting lineup over the course of the year.
Sophomore Eliza Van Voorhis has produced seven goals this fall and 17 points to lead the Panthers, as her goal total is tied for seventh in the NESCAC. The forward has tallied three game-winning goals, tying her atop the team with Glaser. The Second-Team All-NESCAC selection scored twice in a conference road win at Trinity, while recording a goal and an assist at Colby.
Junior Sabrina Glaser (6-1-13) has scored six goals in five different matches, including a two-goal effort in a home win over Amherst. The midfielder also added a game-winning tally a week later in a 3-1 NESCAC home victory over Bowdoin.
Sophomore Eliza Robinson's five assists pace the team and are tied for third in the NESCAC, while she has added four goals for 13 points. Robinson posted a season-high three points with a goal and an assist during conference road win at Trinity. The midfielder also scored the lone goal during Middlebury's NESCAC Quarterfinal win at home over Bowdoin.
Sophomore Leah Salzman has tallied five goals and 11 points in 11 matches played this season. At the end of September, the forward recorded back-to-back game-winning scores in triumphs over Hamilton and Colby.
Junior Ellie Greenberg (4-1-9) also aids the offense for the Panthers. The forward scored in four separate matches this fall, including the game-winning goal in the NESCAC Championship against Williams.
The Panther defense has posted nine shutouts and allowed just nine goals as a unit this fall, tying for second in the NESCAC allowing 0.49 goals per match. Middlebury didn't allow more than one goal in any contest this season.
Seniors Janie DeVito and Amanda Dafonte along with sophomore Isabelle Hartnett are constants in the Panther backfield. DeVito, a First-Team All-NESCAC selection, is a four-year starter for the Panthers, while Dafonte, a Second-Team All-NESCAC honoree, is a two-year starter and has logged three assists this fall. Hartnett has started all 17 matches in which she has played this season.
Senior Clare Robinson, a First-Team All-NESCAC recipient, is a defensive midfielder and a two-year starter. She scored the game-winning goal in Middlebury's win at Trinity, while posting an assist during the home victory over Bates.
In goal, junior Ursula Alwang is a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection who leads the league and ranks 15th nationally with an .898 save percentage, while her 0.44 goals against average is second in the conference. She has recorded five shutouts this season, while sharing three. Classmate Eva Shaw started four matches this fall, including three in late October. In the NESCAC Semifinal contest against Amherst, she came off the bench during penalty kicks with a pair of saves to send the Panthers into the NESCAC Championship.
2018 NCAA Women's Soccer Regional
Saturday, November 10 – hosted by Middlebury
Maine Farmington (8-12-0) at Middlebury (15-1-2) – 11:00 a.m.
Ithaca (13-2-3) vs. Rochester (N.Y.) (9-7-1) – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 – hosted by Middlebury
Regional Final – 1:00 p.m.