#2 Panthers Shut Out New England College, 3-0

Riley Kinum scored her first collegiate goal in the win over New England College.
Riley Kinum scored her first collegiate goal in the win over New England College.

The Middlebury women's soccer team remained unbeaten on the season, posting a 3-0 home shutout against New England College on Sunday. The second-ranked Panthers (7-0-1) return to NESCAC action on Saturday with an 11:00 a.m. contest at Bates, while the Pilgrims (4-6) travel to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

The hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead, netting a goal with 7:23 expired. Magnolia Moskun knocked down a NEC clearing attempt in the penalty area and put a low shot into the back of the net for her first score of the season. Ellie Greenberg had a partial breakaway midway through the frame, but Pilgrim keeper Allie Stoddart made the save, before making a second stop on Greenberg's header attempt on the rebound. Middlebury carried the play throughout the opening 45 minutes, holding a 26-1 edge in shots.

In the second stanza, the Panthers had two quality opportunities a minute apart with just under 15 minutes expired. Stoddart punched a rising shot from Cate Wagner over the crossbar, before a header by Middlebury's Eliza Van Voorhis went wide of the right post. The hosts doubled their lead with 27:35 showing on the clock, as Gretchen McGrath settled a cross on the left side and fired in her third goal in the last two games.

Middlebury capped the scoring with 4:05 left to play when Riley Kinum picked up her first collegiate tally. Cate Shellenback started the play with a cross from the right side that Moskun flicked with her head to Kinum, who fired a shot in from the left side of the penalty area.

Panther goalie Eva Shaw recorded the shutout without making a save, while Stoddart posted a season-high 16 stops for the Pilgrims. The hosts held a decisive 52-1 advantage in shots and took all five corner kicks in the contest.