#3 Middlebury Erases Early Deficit to Tie Hamilton

Simone Ameer scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Simone Ameer scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Middlebury and Hamilton settled for a 1-1 tie in NESCAC women's soccer action Saturday on Dragone Field. The Panthers (5-0-1, 2-0-1) are home a week from today when they host Connecticut College at 11:00 a.m., while the Continentals (3-2-1, 1-2-1) host Colby next Saturday.

Middlebury had an opportunity early, but a cross from Olivia Miller was smothered by Hamilton goalkeeper Rachel Pike 12-minutes in.

Hamilton got on the board first at the 18:48 mark when Caroline Dawson sent a nice crossing feed in from the left side. Panther keeper Ursula Alwang got of piece of the ball before it came to the feet of Hyla Mosher, who knocked it in from point-blank range.

Seven minutes later, Hamilton's Rylie Mutton had a good look from 30 yards out, but her shot sailed over the crossbar.

Middlebury nearly tied the game in the 35th minute, but Sabrina Glaser's shot from close-range was denied by a diving Pike.

The Panthers knotted the game at 1-1 with 2:51 remaining in the half on a goal from Simone Ameer, her team-leading fourth of the season. The Continentals attempted to play a long ball back to Pike, but Ameer won the race and one-touched the ball around Pike, leaving an open net.

Ameer nearly struck again with 30 seconds until the break, taking a pass from Kristen Monten before missing just wide from 17 yards out.

There were few scoring chances in the second half, as the game was forced into overtime. Hamilton's best look came in the 65th minute when Aidan Leahey fed Mosher, before the bouncing ball was shot over the crossbar from the 18. Middlebury's best look came with two minutes left in regulation, but Elise Morris's high feed to Virginia Charman was knocked down and saved by Pike.

Three minutes into the first overtime, Gretchen McGrath had a chance from 12 yards out, but her attempt was thwarted by Pike. Eliza Van Voorhis nearly put the game away in the 96th minute, but her hard shot from the far side following a corner kick was saved.

In the second extra session, Hamilton's Mosher put a header on goal with 6:30 remaining, but the shot was tipped over the crossbar by Alwang. McGrath had a late chance for the Panthers on a long ball, but Pike was able to come out of the net and clear the ball away.

Middlebury finished with a 13-10 edge in shots, as Alwang made four saves in goal. Pike finished with eight stops between the posts for Hamilton.