MIDDLEBURY - The Middlebury College women's soccer team will make its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host an NCAA Regional. The Panthers will take on Husson on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., while Wheaton meets Richard Stockton at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3/students each day. You can watch all three games live at www.d3cast.com.
Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 6-4 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in '97, suffered a first-round loss in '00, while losing in the sectionals in '04. Middlebury's last appearance came in '06 when they won an NCAA Regional before falling in the sectionals.
Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after falling 3-2 to Williams in the NESCAC Championship game. Sixth-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with a career record of 66-24-12 (.706) entering weekend play.
The Middlebury offense ranks second in the NESCAC with 2.24 goals/game this season after scoring just 1.19 goals/game a year ago. The defense has been solid this season, allowing just 0.78 goals/game, third in the NESCAC. Middlebury has 10 shutouts on the season, including a streak of almost 500 minutes without allowing a goal.
Junior Annie Rowell has enjoyed a huge season offensively for the Panthers, scoring 11 goals to go along with a pair of assists for 24 points. Her .65 goals/game place her fourth among her NESCAC peers, while her 1.41 points/game place her sixth. Rookie Amy Schlueter (5-3-13) is next in scoring, followed by senior Margaret Owen (4-3-11). Rookie Rachel Madding (4-0-8), senior Paola Cabonargi (3-2-8) and first-year player Hannah Newman (3-2-8) round out the leading scorers. Senior Anne Ford paces the team with four assists on the year.
Defensively, seniors Anjuli Demers, Jenny Galgano and Valerie Christy anchor the back. In goal, Lauryn Torch has played 96% of the minutes, owning a 0.82 GAA with eight shutouts on the season.
2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Regional
•Saturday, Nov. 14 - Middlebury College
Husson (15-5) vs. Middlebury (12-3-2) - 11:00 a.m.
Richard Stockton (14-6-2) vs. Wheaton (17-3-2) - 1:30 p.m.
•Sunday, Nov. 15 - Middlebury College
Regional Final - 1 p.m.