Middlebury and Williams Settle For a Scoreless Draw

Ursula Alwang made six saves in goal to earn the shutout.
Ursula Alwang made six saves in goal to earn the shutout.

Middlebury and Williams battled to a scoreless draw in the final regular-season contest for both squads on Tuesday. The 10th-ranked Panthers (11-1-3, 6-1-3) have secured the second seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday at noon. Williams (8-4-2, 6-3-1) has earned the third seed and will also host a quarterfinal contest. Middlebury improves to 16-0-5 in its last 21 games on Dragone Field.

Scoring chances were few and far between in the first half as Williams held a 7-3 shot advantage. The best opportunity came by the Ephs with 2:01 remaining, but Victoria Laino's shot from 25 yards out was denied by a diving save to her right by Panther goalkeeper Ursula Alwang.

Williams had a couple of quality shots by Claire Toliver (49:04) and Georgia Lord (61:22) in the second half, but Alwang was equal to the task on both occasions. Jaquelin Nordhoff nearly but her team up after a corner kick at the 67:41 mark, but Alwang denied the quick shot from eight yards out.

Middlebury had a great opportunity 70:57 into the game on a set play. Magnolia Moskun served the ball from the right side, before Elise Morris' header to the top-left corner was saved by Eph keeper Chelsea Taylor.

Early in the first overtime, Middlebury's Eliza Robinson one touched a cross to Leah Salzman, whose header went just wide right. On the other end of the field, Emma Lynch had a good look from 18 yards out on the left side, but her shot sailed right of the post.

The best chance to score in the second overtime came with 11 seconds left when Ellie Greenberg made a lengthy run with the ball after a feed by Simone Ameer, but was denied by Taylor.

Williams held a 15-12 shots advantage in the game and a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Alwang finished with six saves in goal to earn her fifth shutout of the season and 23rd of her career. Taylor made five saves in net for Williams.

The Panthers lower their goals against average to a NESCAC best 0.32, allowing just five goals in 15 games.