Women's Soccer Falls to Middlebury, 3-0

Women's Soccer Falls to Middlebury, 3-0

CASTLETON, Vt. - The Castleton women's soccer team struggled to find its offense and Middlebury capitalized with three goals in the second half to defeat the Spartans, 3-0, Wednesday evening in a non-conference matchup at Spartan Stadium.

Following the loss, Castleton fell to 6-7-1 on the season. Middlebury improved to 9-2-1 with the win.

After a scoreless first half, Amanda Dafonte put Middlebury on the board in the 56th minute. Sabrina Glaser secured the ball down the left side of the goal, drew a defender toward her, and issued a cross in front to Dafonte for the one-touch goal.

With steady pressure in the offensive end, the Panthers doubled their lead just over 20 minutes later. Eliza Robinson sent a free kick from nearly 30 yards out that Castleton keeper Rachel Shambo was unable to control. The loose ball found Virginia Charman in front, who buried the shot to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors in the 78th minute.

Castleton came away with an opportunity down the stretch as Bronwen Hopwood raced through the center of the pitch and delivered a through ball over the Panthers' defense but the pass just beat Rylee Nichols to the sideline to nullify the attack. Middlebury continued to press offensively and Leah Salzman finished a cross from Maddie Maloney with 10 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Panthers a 3-0 victory.  

The Spartans were held in check throughout the match with their best opportunity coming in the opening minutes. Makenzi Bellando forced a foul just outside the box, where her ensuing free kick was fired just over the crossbar. The Panthers controlled possession for the majority of the first half, but could not find the back of the net as Shambo stopped the first five shots she faced to keep the game scoreless after 45 minutes.

Shambo finished with seven saves in the match, despite falling to 0-3 on the season in goal for the Spartans. Eva Shaw and Ursula Alwang split the match in goal for Middlebury, with the latter earning the victory despite not facing a shot on goal in the second half.

Castleton returns to the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 17, to host Johnson State in a North Atlantic Conference matchup at 4 p.m.