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Women’s soccer extends best-ever start

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team picked up two road wins this past weekend to improve to 9-0, the Panthers’ best start in program history. They were ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III in last week’s poll, and at 5-0 in NESCAC play are the only team without a loss or tie in league action.
The Panthers will face a tough match at home this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.: Tufts (6-2-1, 3-1-1 NESCAC) will visit Dragone Field at 1:30 p.m. They were also set to host Castleton on Wednesday after the deadline for the sports section.
On this past Saturday the Panthers surrendered an early goal before topping host Colby, 4-1, in a NESCAC contest. The Mules dropped to 3-4, 1-4 in league play.
Colby’s Kara Wilson made it 1-0 in the fifth minute with a long, curling shot from the right side. In the 29th minute Sara DiCenso touched in a cross from Olivia Miller to make it 1-1.
Middlebury took the lead in the second half’s 11th minute, when Leah Salzman touched in an Alex Barber cross from the left. In the final 15 minutes Eliza Robinson ran onto a long kick by Panther goalie Ursula Alwang (three saves) and lofted home a shot from distance, and Eliza Van Voorhis pinged a 15-yard shot in off the left post. Colby goalie Dani Lonati made five stops.
On Sunday the Panthers visited New England College (6-6-1) and claimed a 2-1 victory. Van Voorhis chipped a shot home in the third minute, and Simone Ameer converted a DiCenso pass from the left in the 37th minute. NEC scored from long range in the second half.
For Middlebury, Eva Shaw (one save in the first half) and Sachi Howson (made five saves in the second half) shared time in net. Pilgrim goalie Emily Sashko stopped 11 shots.

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