Women’s soccer splits first two contests
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team split its first two games of the season, both at home, losing to NESCAC foe Connecticut on Saturday after edging non-league opponent Colby-Sawyer on Sept. 6.
The Panthers were set to visit Plattsburgh State on Wednesday, for whom former Mount Abraham Union High School standout Ernesta McIntosh is starting as a freshman, and will travel to Amherst on Saturday before hosting Hamilton on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday Connecticut’s Kat Norton scored 6:10 into overtime to lift the 2-0 Camels to a 1-0 NESCAC victory over Middlebury, which had been ranked No. 17 in preseason NCAA Division III polling but also graduated many key players.
The opening half saw Middlebury hold an 8-4 advantage in shots. The best scoring chance came in the final minute. Ellie Greenberg sprinted onto a through ball, but Camel goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo tipped her bid just wide of the right post.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Panther Amanda Dafonte’s 13-yard bid following a corner kick hit the crossbar.
Three minutes into overtime, Greenberg laced a shot from 18 yards out that hit the crossbar and went straight down without crossing the goal line.
In the 97th minute, Camel Sara Kogelmann sent a through ball from midfield to Norton just outside the box. Middlebury goalie Ursula Alwang came out to challenge the pass, but Norton made a quick touch to her left and scored from 10 yards out into an open net to end the game
The Panthers earned advantages of 13-8 in shots and 2-1 in corner kicks. Alwang made two saves for the Panthers, while Montalvo made seven stops, six in the opening half.
On Sept. 6 Emma Shumway scored the game’s only goal as the Panthers nipped Colby-Sawyer in the Panthers’ opener. Shumway’s goal came at 64:21 mark. Alex Barber centered a pass that deflected off a defender to Shumway 12 yards out. She fired a shot into the right side of the net.
Middlebury held a 22-1 shots advantage, and Alwang made one save to earn her fourth career shutout. Colby-Sawyer keeper Sam Mitchell stopped 10 shots.
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