Five Women’s Soccer Players Garner All-NESCAC Honors

(L-R): Ursula Alwang and Virginia Charman.
(L-R): Ursula Alwang and Virginia Charman.


Five members of the Middlebury College women's soccer team were honored when the NESCAC announced its postseason squads on Thursday afternoon. Seniors Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) and Virginia Charman (Wenham, Mass.), along with juniors Isabelle Hartnett (Wellesley, Mass.) and Gretchen McGrath (Exeter, N.H.) were each first-team selections. Junior Simone Ameer (Washington, D.C.) rounds out the honorees with a second-team nod. Alwang's citation is her second, while the all-conference accolades are the first for the other four honorees. The ninth-ranked Panthers host this weekend's NCAA Regional with a 13-2-3 record.

Alwang garners her second-straight All-NESCAC First-Team selection. She is third in the NESCAC in goals against average (0.44) and sits fourth in save percentage (.878). Alwang boasts a 7-1-2 record with five solo shutouts and has a stellar 39-7-7 career mark.

Harnett has been an anchor in the defensive end of the field, starting all 16 contests she has played. Middlebury's defense is second in the NESCAC with a 0.38 GAA and has yielded only seven scores all fall. She also chipped in with a goal in a 2-0 Panther victory over 24th-ranked Williams in the NESCAC Semifinals.

Charman has been a key contributor since she arrived at Middlebury, starting 46 of 59 games over the last three seasons. Both of her goals this season have been game winners, including a dramatic tally with 2:16 left in regulation as the Panthers netted a big 1-0 road win at 10th-ranked Tufts.

McGrath ranks among the team's scoring leaders with a career-high five goals and 11 points. She had made her goals count this year with three of them being game winners, which is tied for second in the NESCAC.

Ameer has been Middlebury's top goal-scoring threat on the front line, finding the back of the opposing net a career-best nine times. She tallied the game winners in triumphs over Plymouth State and Wesleyan to open the campaign, while notching two-goal games in conference wins over Bates and Colby.