MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 4 Middlebury College Panthers used a goal in each half to defeat the Castleton University women's soccer team 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Dragone Field.
Castleton falls to 3-9-0 overall following the loss to its in-state rival, while Middlebury remains unscathed and improves to 10-0-0.
Facing its second top-5 ranked opponent in as many matches, Castleton was forced to rely on its defense early and throughout. Withstanding a barrage of 40 shots, including 22 in the second half, the Spartan defensive line allowed just nine to make it to the keeper.
On the receiving end of those nine attempts, Loren Henderson played another excellent match, clocking all 90 minutes. The sophomore made seven saves, while allowing just two balls to pass. Including Wednesday's action, Henderson has made 83 saves at a .748 clip in 2018.
Late in the contest, in the 79th minute, Henderson remained steady in the face of a flurry of shots. Increasing the pressure, the Panthers took three rapid-fire shots, two of which were saved, while the third deflected off the post.
Taking the lead at the 19:26 mark of the match, Middlebury's Sabrina Glaser scored from about 18 yards out. The Panther forward sent the ball skipping across the grass just inside the far post for her fifth score of the season.
Doubling its lead with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Panthers' Ellie Greenberg carried the ball in the box, side stepped the defender and fired a left-footed shot into the far corner of the net.
Prior to Middlebury's second score, the Spartans were poised to draw even at 1-1 as Syd Shappy nearly scored the equalizer. Cracking the ball toward the goal, the shot deflected off a Middlebury defender before traveling wide of the net.
Women's soccer returns to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as it also resumes Little East action with a road match at UMass-Dartmouth.
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