Cardinals Battle #8 Nationally Middlebury Even but Come up One Goal Short on Scoreboard, 2-1
Wesleyan fell to visiting NESCAC rival Middlebury, 2-1, Sat., Sept. 29 as the Panthers netted a pair of first-half goals. Near the end of the first half, Clare Ashforth '15 (#11, photo) scored to bring the Cardinals within one. Ashforth's goal marked an end to a six-game, 614:31 shutout streak for the Panthers, as Middlebury, ranked eighth nationally and second in New England, had not allowed a goal yet this year.
Middlebury's first goal came in the second minute of the game. A center pass from the right found a waiting Panther in the middle of the box and a well-placed shot from eight yards out spotted the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Middlebury's second goal came from a good penetrating dribble and through pass for another smart and a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Wesleyan's only goal of the contest came with 20 seconds left in the first period. Following two deflections in the midst of a chaotic battle in front of the Middlebury net, Ashforth collected the ball to score her second goal of the season.
Wesleyan outshot Middlebury, 8-5, in the second half and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on the day, but was unable to score a second goal. Middlebury's keeper came up with four saves in the second half and six total for the game. Wesleyan's goalkeeper, Jessica Tollman '15, amassed seven total saves. Shots for the game were even at 15 apiece.
With the victory, Middlebury's record improves to 6-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the NESCAC, with their only tie coming at the hands of sixth-ranked nationally Amherst. Wesleyan's record fell to 2-4-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the NESCAC. Wesleyan's next matchup will come Tues., Oct. 2 when the Cardinals travel to face Elms.