NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's soccer team fell to No. 18 Middlebury by a 2-0 score in the NESCAC opener for both schools on Saturday at Freeman Field.
Connecticut College had its first and best opportunity to score in the 15th minute when senior captain Emmy McGoldrick took a free kick from the right side and just in front of the Panther bench. McGoldrick sent a ball high that was tipped off the crossbar by goalkeeper Ursula Alwang, and sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) had her ensuing rebound attempt by a Middlebury defender blocked from a few yards out. Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) also made a key save in the middle stages of the half to keep the teams in a scoreless deadlock through 45 minutes of action.
The Camels earned a flurry of corner kick opportunities during the second half and nearly scored on one of them when junior Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) headed the ball off the crossbar. Senior Sam Miesemer (Garden City, N.Y.) also had a good look in the 56th minute from just outside the top of the 18-yard box, but her shot was saved by Alwang.
Middlebury (2-0, NESCAC 1-0), however, was able to break the tie in the 78th minute and then added insurance in the 87th. Olivia Miller beat a Camel defender after taking a pass from Gretch McGrath to net her first career goal before McGrath finished a cross just 9:17 later.
Alwang picked up the win in net by turning away all 11 shots she faced for Middlebury. Camel netminder Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) was dealt the loss despite making seven saves in 67 minutes of action.
Connecticut College (1-1, NESCAC 0-1) has a quick turnaround and will next travel to Johnson & Wales on Monday for a 7 p.m. match.