Middlebury narrowly escapes TCNJ
Panthers’ Newman scored in the 70th minute to win game
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Sectionals after topping TCNJ 1-0 in a regional final played on Dragone Field. The Panthers earned their eighth consecutive shutout, extending their streak to 879:39 without allowing a goal. Middlebury (13-3-2) will take on William Smith in the round of 16, with the dates and times to be announced on Monday. The Lions end their season with a 13-4-2 mark.
Hannah Newman scored the game’s lone goal, with an assist from Maddy Boston at the 70:33 mark. Boston was attempting to save a ball from going over the end line, booting it towards goal from 12 yards out on the right side. Newman was unmarked as she cut to the goal and got a head on the ball, depositing it into the right corner of the net for her second of the season.
TCNJ’s trapping defense caused the Middlebury offense problems most of the day, with the Lions finishing with an 18-3 advantage in shots. Middlebury’s defense denied most of TCNJ’s quality scoring opportunities, despite the one-sided statistic.
TCNJ came out with a lot of first half pressure, with the majority of the half being play in Middlebury’s defensive end. The Lions best chance of the half came in the 36th minute after a restart. Jordan Downs’ free kick from 22 yards out was nearly headed on goal by Brittany McGinley, but Panther keeper Jocelyn Remmert was able to charge the shot and make the save.
The Lion defense was solid, denying most Middlebury chances including a nice up pass from Amy Schlueter to Scarlett Kirk, that was cut off by Nikki Migliori in the 38th minute.
Middlebury had a nice opportunity 13 minutes into the second half with a free kick from 20 yards away. The Panthers mis-communicated on the play and a shot was never put on goal.
TCNJ turned up the pressure, but a free kick and a corner kick by Migliori were both cleared by the Panther defense.
Following the Panther goal in the 70th minute, a free kick by Migliori sailed high from 22 yards out in the 76th minute. Middlebury was close on a corner kick two minutes later, with Newman’s bid for a second header goal going over the crossbar.
TCNJ’s best chance to score came with five minutes remaining as Katie Lindacher made a quick left crossing pass to McGinely, who was unable to get a good foot on the ball as a weak shot went wide left. The Lions followed with a corner kick shortly thereafter, but were unable to tie the game as the Panthers held on for the win.
Remmert made six first half saves for the Panthers, while Elizabeth Foody picked up the win with a pair of stops in the second half . Christina Gacos was forced to make no saves for the Lions.