Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury scored three goals in a span of 3:44 in the first half on its way to a 6-0 win over Husson in an NCAA Regional match-up on Dragone Field. The Panthers advance to the regional final on Sunday at 1:00, where they will meet the winner of the Wheaton/Richard Stockton played later today.

The teams played a possession game early on, with Middlebury holding a slight advantage. The Panthers turned up the pressure as the half progressed, beginning their three-goal run at the 35:23 mark. Amy Schlueter opened the scoring with her sixth of the season, finishing off a scramble in the Eagles’ crease. The rookie’s shot just crossed the goal line for the 1-0 lead, before it was covered by Husson keeper Jen Plourde.

The Panthers struck again just 55 seconds later, as Annie Rowell found the back of the net for her team-leading 12thgoal of the season. Devin Perkins played the ball to Rowell, who trapped it and then took a few quick touches in the box before blasting a shot inside the right post.

Rowell scored again just 2:49 later, making it a 3-0 game. Kirsten Lundquist fed a ball up to Rowell, who drew Plourde out of the net before sliding a low hard shot inside the post. Middlebury took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break, holding a 12-2 advantage in shots.

Middlebury wasted little time in the second half as Schlueter scored her second of the game at the 48:05 mark. Margaret Owen carried the ball down the left wing and made a nice crossing pass to Schlueter, who gathered the ball and scored with a shot to the far post.

The game remained 4-0 until the 70:55 mark when Hannah Newman scored her fourth tally of the season on an impressive play. Paola Cabonargi crossed a ball from the left wing that Newman redirected into the net with a sliding one-touch.

Cabonargi scored a goal of her own less than five minutes later, netting her fourth of the season with an assist going to Newman. After the original shot was saved, the ball slipped through Plourde’s hands as Cabonargi finished for the game’s final goal.

Husson had a chance late, but Shelby Bradford’s sailing shot in the 82ndminute was deflected over the post by Middlebury keeper Jocelyn Remmert, who was on in relief of starter Lauryn Torch.

Middlebury ended the game with a 19-2 lead in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Torch made one save in 58 minutes, while Remmert stopped a shot in 32 minutes of play for the victors. Plourde made four stops in 82 minutes for Husson, while Rozlyn Petersen played the final eight minutes of action.