NESCAC Quarterfinals: #8 Wesleyan 2, #1 Middlebury 0
Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Top-seeded Middlebury was upset at home by eighth-seeded Wesleyan (7-7-1) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest played on Dragone Field. The Panthers fell to 12-2-1 on the season and will await a possible NCAA bid on November 5, while the Cardinals will travel to Williams to take on the host school in the semifinals next Saturday. Middlebury held a 22-4 shots advantage in the game and led 8-1 in corner kicks, but could not find the back of the net.
Wesleyan wasted little time, taking a 1-0 lead just 3:42 into the game. Kerry Doyle served the ball on a free kick from 35 yards out on the right side. The ball bounced once in front of Panther keeper Elizabeth Foody (1 save), before Isabel Clements was able to put a head on it and score with a shot high into the net for her second of the season.
Middlebury had a great chance in the 30th minute when a crossing pass from Claire Nishioka to Scarlett Kirk was headed just over the crossbar. The Panthers threatened again just a minute later, but Kirk was denied from 15 yards out by a save from Jessica Tollman (45 min, 3 saves).
Trailing 1-0, Middlebury looked to tie the game in the 65th minute, when a left-footed shot from 18 yards out on the right side from Kirk hit the far post. The Panthers continued to pressure the Wesleyan net, but were unable to get a shot past Rachel Holbert (5 saves) who came in to play the second half for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan gained some breathing room at the 80:20 mark, with a high lofting shot from 18 yards out on the right side went over the head of Foody and into the far side of the net. The goal was her team-leading ninth of the season for Laura Kurash.
Middlebury looked to break-up the shutout in the final few minutes, but a rising shot from Carter Talgo hit the crossbar from 25 yards out.