Jeffs Battle Middlebury to Scoreless Tie
Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Despite generating several quality scoring chances late, the sixth-ranked Amherst women’s soccer team played No. 9 Middlebury to a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Dragone Field.
Earning a scoreless tie with the Panthers for the third time in the last decade, Amherst moved to 4-0-1 (2-0-1 NESCAC) on the 2012 season and 8-4-3 against Middlebury since 2002.
Creating a great chance in the 10th minute, Middlebury’s Scarlett Kirk ’14 hit the crossbar, narrowly missing a chance to put the home team ahead. Amherst had a nice opportunity of its own in the 37th minute, when Jessy Hale ’16 booted a free kick that prompted a sliding save from Panther keeper Elizabeth Foody ’13.
Continuing to push forward in the second half, Kirk once again hit the crossbar, this time from close range after a feed from Rachel Madding ’13 in the 54th minute. Unfortunately for Kirk, the third time wouldn’t be the charm, as she struck the woodwork with another try in the 63rd.
Still scoreless in the first overtime, Amherst got the extra session’s first good look as sophomore Maggie Belnap’s shot after a free kick was denied by a leaping one-armed save by Foody.
Staying aggressive, Belnap almost got to a loose ball in front following a Chloe McKenzie ’14 try late in the frame, but a Panther defender cleared the ball off the line, denying a chance at an open net.
Minutes later, it was McKenzie who looked to have a chance to end it, finding herself in a one-on-one situation inside the 18, but the Middlebury backline again came up big, coming up with a sliding tackle just before the Jeff forward could put a clean shot on net.
Amherst again threatened in the second OT, but Foody denied a header from Emily Little ’13 on a corner kick to keep the Panthers level.
Middlebury finished with a 17-13 shot advantage, as Foody made nine stops. First-year netminder Holly Burwick also proved up to the challenge, recording seven saves.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Wed. Sept. 26 against Trinity.