No. 1 Middlebury Plays to Scoreless Draw With Trinity

Virginia Charman finished with two shots on goal in Saturday's contest.
Virginia Charman finished with two shots on goal in Saturday's contest.

The Middlebury women's soccer team battled NESCAC foe Trinity (4-6-2, 3-4-1) for 110 minutes on Saturday, finishing in a scoreless draw on Dragone Field. Top-ranked Middlebury (10-0-2, 5-0-2) returns to action Sunday with an 12:00 p.m. road match at Amherst, while Trinity travels to Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

The teams played their way through a defensive-minded opening half, with the hosts registering the only two shots on goal. Middlebury had its best scoring chance of the first stanza when Olivia Miller lifted a shot from six yards away on the right that went just over the crossbar.

The Bantams had a quality scoring chance just under two minutes into the second half. Amelia Kroschwitz ripped a shot from 30 yards out that Panther goalie Eva Shaw, who came in after the halftime break, jumped and saved. Middlebury had a good scoring bid in the 55th minute when a volley by Leah Salzman from six yards went just wide left. The hosts looked to tally to the game-winning score in the final minute of regulation, but a shot from six yards on the left by Gretchen McGrath went just high.

In the first 10-minute overtime, Miller had the best scoring opportunity for the hosts, firing a shot from 15 yards just wide left with 7:45 on the clock. Trinity's best scoring chance of the stanza came in the 98th minute when Aspen Hawkins' shot from straight on just inside the box was saved by Shaw.

Middlebury looked to tally the winning goal with 7:35 showing on the second-overtime clock when Miller headed in a cross from Eliza Robinson, but the goal was disallowed due to a Panther foul. Miller had a volley from a difficult angle in the final minute glance off the left side of the net as the teams finished with a draw.

Ursula Alwang played the first half in goal for Middlebury without recording a save, while Shaw finished with three saves in the final 65 minutes of action. Jennifer Stuart had five stops for the Bantams. The Panthers held a 19-9 margin in shots and a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Saturday's victory was the ninth shutout of the season for the Panthers, lowering the team's goals against average to 0.24 to rank in the top-five spots nationally. Middlebury hasn't allowed an opposing team to score in the last 481:12 of action.