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Middlebury hosts NCAA regional games

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Women's Soccer Recap

Middlebury cruised to a 5-0 win over Bridgewater State (9-9-2) in an NCAA Regional contest played on Dragone Field. The 13th-ranked Panthers advanced to Sunday's Regional Final, where they will meet Endicott, a 1-0 winner over Scranton, at 1:30 p.m.

Middlebury threatened early and often, but the Bears were able to keep them off the board for over 30 minutes. Middlebury's Ali Omsberg found Scarlett Kirk in the 22nd minute, but Bridgewater keeper Kerry Condon slid to deny a shot from Kirk as she broke in one-on-one. Just a few minutes later, Julia Favorito had a good look from 15 yards out, but her shot missed the net. The Panthers finally broke through with a pair of goals coming from rookies. Adrianna Gildner earned the first marker at the 34:34 mark, finishing a header from Kirk down low. The Panthers made it a 2-0 game 42:04 into the half with a goal from Grace Woroch. Condon came out to challenge Gildner, who made a quick move around the keeper but found herself at a poor angle to shoot. She quickly found Woroch in the box whose shot hit the right post and bounced in for the first of her career.

The lead grew 5:22 into the second half when Moria Sloan made a nice feed to Jamie Soroka on the left, as her shot found the far post for her fifth of the season. Woroch struck again at 66:06, one-timing a low crossing pass from Kirk for the 4-0 lead. Amanda Hotvedt scored the first of her career on a penalty kick at 70:19 with a blast to the right side.

Middlebury finished with a 20-2 shots advantage in the game, with Elizabeth Foody making one save in 68 minutes, while Kate Reinmuth made no saves in 22 minutes of play. Condon made nine saves for Bridgewater in 80 minutes, while Emma Titus made a pair of stops in 10 minutes of play. One of her two saves came on a great diving effort in the final minute on an attempt from Gildner.


Field Hockey Recap

Middlebury scored five goals in a 5:43 span early in the first half on its way to an 8-0 win over Utica (17-5) in an NCAA Regional game played on Kohn Field. The second-ranked Panthers (16-2) advanced to Sunday's Regional Final, where they will take on Skidmore, an 11-1 winner over Keene State, at 1:00 p.m.

Bridget Instrum scored the first of her three goals at the 4:19 mark, beating a pair of defenders on her way to the game's opening goal. Anna Kenyon made it a 2-0 game on a penalty corner, tipping in a pass from Catherine Fowler for her first of the year. Less than a minute later, a strong crossing pass from Instrum tipped off a Utica defender and found the back of the cage for a 3-0 advantage.

Kenyon struck again at the 10:02 mark, giving her team a 4-0 lead. A long pass from outside the circle was sent in by Alyssa DiMaio, with Kenyon just able to get a stick on the ball to deflect it in. The final goal of the run came from DiMaio, as she converted a feed from Katherine Theiss at the left post. The Panthers took the pressure off with the 5-0 lead, taking the advantage into the intermission.

Fowler scored 10:08 into the second half from the stroke line, converting a cross from Elinore O'Brien for her team-leading 18th of the year. Instrum earned her hat-trick at the 47:58 mark, while Pam Schulman scored the game's final goal with 15:09 remaining.

Utica's best chance to score game at the 51:13 mark, but Emily Knapp denied a penalty stroke by Louis Steele-Norton with a diving save to her left. The Pioneers had one more good look in the final minute, but Knapp made a diving stick-save on an attempt from Jessica Franklin to keep the shutout intact.

Middlebury finished with a 23-4 shots advantage in the game, with Knapp finishing with four saves for her seventh shutout of the season. Kells Casey ended the day with nine stops in goal for the Pioneers.

Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics

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