Women’s Soccer Edged by #2 Middlebury

Women’s Soccer Edged by #2 Middlebury

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's soccer team put together a solid performance in a 3-0 defeat to nationally second-ranked Middlebury College at Dave Wolk Stadium on Tuesday in non-conference play.

Junior Loren Henderson made 10 saves as the Panther offense produced a 32-6 edge in shots, including a 13-1 margin in shots on goal. 

Three different goal-scorers accounted for the damage for Middlebury (9-0-1). Ellie Greenberg scored her fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute on a rebound after Henderson made the initial diving save on a low strike from Isabelle Hartnett.

The Panthers controlled possession to open the second half and were rewarded with the second goal of the evening at the 48:38 mark. A shot from Eliza Robinson could not be corralled cleanlyby Henderson, and Olivia Miller came in to put the loose ball into the back of the net. 

Then, Ellie Bavier scored her first goal of the season in the 72nd minute when, after accepting a headed pass from Caitlin Magreuder, she laced a strike from 32 yards on the right side of the pitch to the left-side netting over Henderson's leap.

Castleton's best chance to score came on a right-footed strike from Makenzi Bellando shortly after the Panthers gained the 3-0 advantage. The drive from distance was deflected by Middlebury goalie Ursula Alwang and rang off the cross bar. 

Alwang relieved starter Eva Shaw as the combo made the lone save to preserve the shutout. 

Rylee Nichols and Julia Carone both registered two shots to lead the offensive effort from Castleton (6-6-0).   

The women's soccer squad returns to action on Saturday for a 12 p.m. road contest at Western Connecticut State.