MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Freshman Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) scored her first goal as a collegian in the 97th minute to lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over 17th-ranked Middlebury in the NESCAC opener for both schools on Saturday afternoon at Dragone Field.
Middlebury (1-1, NESCAC 0-1) almost netted the golden marker less than three minutes into the overtime session when Ellie Greenberg's shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar and bounced straight down without crossing the goal line. The Camels, however, immediately recovered and earned the sudden victory at the 6:10 mark of the extra frame, as Norton took a through ball from Sara Kogelmann (Slingerlands, N.Y.), dribbled around Panther keeper Ursula Alwang and placed the ball in the open net to send the entire team into a frenzy.
The hosts outshot Connecticut College by an 8-4 count in the opening half and nearly got on the board during the final minute. Greenberg pounced on a through ball and sent a shot towards the right post, but Camel goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was able to tip it wide and keep the match scoreless. Middlebury also hit the crossbar on a corner kick attempt in the 56th minute, while the Camels' best second-half opportunity came when senior Mackenzie Kingston (Charlotte, Vt.) rocketed a shot that went just wide in the 72nd minute of action. The teams would then settle the score in overtime with Norton's boot being the deciding factor.
Montalvo made seven saves in net to earn the victory for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 13-8 count in the match and 12-6 during regulation. Middlebury's Alwang took the loss after making two stops.
Connecticut College (2-0, NESCAC 1-0), which has won both of its matches in overtime, will next face Johnson & Wales in its home opener on Monday, Sept. 11 at 4:00 p.m.