The Middlebury women's soccer team scored once in each half and used a resilient defense to record a 2-0 NESCAC road win at Wesleyan on Saturday. The second-ranked Panthers (2-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround, hosting Wheaton on Sunday in a 12:00 p.m. start.
Wesleyan (0-1, 0-1) opened the game with a strong push, earning four corner kicks in the initial 10 minutes. Middlebury held the Cardinals at bay, as keeper Ursula Alwang went to her right for a save on a shot from inside the penalty area by Gianna Argento on the last of those opportunities.
Middlebury broke the scoreless tie with 3:32 before the half, as Rose Evans used a long ball from near midfield into the far-right corner. Simone Ameer collected the pass and quickly chipped a shot over a charging Cardinal keeper Sarah Hammond for her second tally in as many games.
Just under five minutes into the second stanza, Argento had a shot from point-blank range for the hosts that Alwang smothered. Moments later, Wesleyan's Audrey Lavey drove to the Middlebury net from the left side and fired a shot from close range that Alwang turned aside.
In goal for the Panthers, Alwang notched five saves to earn the shutout, while Hammond also had five stops for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan held a slim 11-10 edge in shots, but boasted a 13-1 margin in corner kicks.