Panther teams are on a roll
MIDDLEBURY — In Middlebury College sports action last week, the undefeated field hockey and men’s soccer teams kept rolling, and women’s soccer won three times, but the football squad came up short in its first action since its undefeated 2019 NESCAC championship campaign.
On Saturday the Panthers, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, toppled visiting Bowdoin, 3-1, outshooting the Polar Bears by 27-4. Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the first period, when Danielle Brown tipped an Erin Nicholas shot, and Nicholas lifted in an unassisted strike.
Bowdoin got one back in the third period, but Nicholas padded the lead on a fourth-period penalty corner on a feed from Grace Murphy.
Middlebury goalie Grace Harlan made two saves during the win, while Maddie Ferrucci stopped 14 shots for the 2-2 Polar Bears.
On Sunday, Katie George scored all four goals as the 5-0 Panthers knocked off previously undefeated Babson, 4-1. The Panthers outshot the Beavers, 20-5. Harland made three saves, while Cassidy Riley made eight stops for Babson.
On Saturday, the 5-0 Panthers dealt visiting NESCAC foe Bowdoin its first loss of the season, 1-0. Jordan Saint-Louis scored with 19:10 left in the game, collecting a loose ball, beating a defender while cutting to the middle, and tucking a shot from the top of the box into the right side of the net.
The Panthers outshot Bowdoin, 11-7. Panther keeper Ryan Grady made three saves, while Michael Webber recorded six stops for Bowdoin (3-1).
On Tuesday, Middlebury picked up a 2-0 win at Framingham State (1-8). Saint-Louis, from Brandon Reid, scored his team-high fourth goal in the first half, and Nathan Pilson contributed the insurance goal in the second half, converting a cross from Saint-Louis. Middlebury outshot Framingham 22-3, Grady made two saves, and Framingham goalie Joseph Sturzo made nine.
On Sept. 15, Simone Ameer scored one goal and set up another in the first 10 minutes as the 4-1 Panthers topped visiting Plattsburgh, 3-0.
In the fourth minute Eliza Van Voorhis netted a deflected cross from Ameer, and five minutes later Ameer buried a penalty kick. In the 59th minute Elizabeth Peebles made it 3-0 with an unassisted strike. Panther goalie Sydney Poppinga finished with eight saves and two goalies combined for four stops for the 2-1-2 Cardinals.
On Saturday, the Panthers edged NESCAC foe Bowdoin, 2-1, for Coach Peter Kim’s 200th career victory. Kim’s career mark of 201-66-34 is the highest winning percentage in program history.
Eliza Robinson, from Van Voorhis, gave the Panthers the lead in the sixth minute. In the 69th minute an Emma Binks corner kick deflected in off a Bowdoin defender for an own goal that made it 2-0. Bowdoin got a goal back shortly afterward. Poppinga stopped five shots. Two goalies combined for five saves for the 3-2 Polar Bears.
On Tuesday, Middlebury blanked visiting Castleton State, 2-0. Joely Virzi scored her first career goal, from Talia Rubino, 21 seconds into the game. In the 74th minute Cate Woolsey made it 2-0 with her first career strike, assisted by Carolyn Days on a corner kick. Poppinga made four saves, including on a final-minute breakaway, and keeper Alex Benfatti made nine for the 3-2 Spartans.
On Saturday, host Williams topped the Panther football team, 41-13, in the opener for both programs. The Ephs outgained the Panthers, 424-315 yards, took advantage of four Panther turnovers, and led at the half, 28-7.
Ephs Quarterback Robert Maimaron rushed 19 times for 162 yards and two TDS and completed nine of 17 passes for 136 yards and another score. Joel Nicholas rushed for three TDs for Williams.
Panther QB Will Jernigan went 15-31 for 215 yards and one TD, but tossed three interceptions. Running back Peter Scibilia finished with 67 yards rushing on 10 carries and hauled in a team-high five passes for 47 yards and a score.
The Panthers will look to bounce back when they host Bates at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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