MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury women’s soccer team advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals after a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears end the year at 9-6-1, while the Panthers advance with a 13-3 mark. One of Middlebury’s three losses on the season came at the hands of the Polar Bears back on September 24.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 4:35 into the contest off a bid by Katherine Hobbs. Hobbs had an open line to the goal before being cut off by a Bowdoin defender. She stepped back with a quick one-touch, created some space and fired the ball into the left side of the net.
Bowdoin evened the score at 1-1 on its only shot on goal of the game, a penalty kick at the 53:23 mark. After a Panther foul just inside the 18, Nikki Wilson blasted a shot into the left side of the net for her third of the year.
The tie lasted only 1:31 as the Panthers went back on top. Sara DiCenso played the ball down the middle of the field to Amy Martin, as the ball deflected towards the 18. Martin won the footrace to the ball with Bowdoin keeper Rachel Stout, knocking the ball into an open right side of the net.
Middlebury kept up the pressure, but Stout denied Gildner after a nice crossing pass from Martin in the 68th minute.
Bowdoin’s last chance came in the 75th minute with a flurry of action in the box, but the Polar Bears were unable to get a shot on the Panther goal.
Middlebury finished with a 12-7 shots advantage, holding a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Ursula Alwang made no saves in goal while collecting the win, while Stout made three stops for Bowdoin.