Five members of the Middlebury College women's soccer team were honored when the United Soccer Coaches organization announced its New England Regional squads. Seniors Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) and Virginia Charman (Wenham, Mass.), along with junior Simone Ameer (Washington, D.C.) were each first-team selections. Landing a spot on the second team was senior Caitlin Magruder (St. Louis, Mo.), while junior Gretchen McGrath (Exeter, N.H.) garnered third-team laurels. Alwang's citation is her second-straight first-team accolade, Charman made the 2017 third-team, while the all-region laurels are the first for the other three honorees. The Panthers concluded the season with a record of 14-3-3, played in the NESCAC Championship game and hosted an NCAA Regional.
Alwang was also a First-Team All-Conference selection in each of the last two seasons. She was third this fall in the conference in goals against average (0.53) and was fifth in save percentage (.841). Alwang boasted an 8-2-2 record with six solo shutouts and tallied a stellar 40-8-7 career mark.
Charman was a First-Team All-NESCAC recipient and was a key contributor since she arrived at Middlebury, starting 47 of 61 contests over the last three seasons. Each of her three goals last season were game winners to tie for second in the league, including a dramatic tally with 2:16 left in regulation as the Panthers netted a 1-0 road win at Tufts. Charman also posted the game-winning tally during Middlebury's NCAA Regional victory over the University of New England.
Ameer was Middlebury's top goal-scoring threat on the front line this season, finding the back of the opposing net a career-best nine times. The Second-Team All-NESCAC selection 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. Ameer enters her senior season with 13 goals to go along with three assists for 29 points in 44 matches.
Magruder was an anchor in the midfield for the Panthers and played in every match with 14 starts. Middlebury's defense was second in the NESCAC with a 0.44 GAA and yielded only nine scores all fall. That mark tied the program's single-season record for goals allowed in a season, joining the 1997 team. She also chipped in with an assist in a 3-0 Panther victory over Castleton on October 8. Magruder concludes her career with 73 matches played and 47 starts, scoring a goal and added three assists.
McGrath ranked among the team's scoring leaders with a career-high five goals and 11 points. She made her goals count this year with three of them being game winners, which is tied for second in the NESCAC. The biggest of those goals came during the NESCAC Semifinals when the Panthers defeated Williams by a 2-0 score. McGrath enters her senior season with eight goals and five assists for 21 points in 49 contests.