MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury women's soccer team posted a 2-0 victory over the University of New England in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at South Street Field.
Middlebury (14-2-3) advances to the regional final on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Stevens Institute of Technology. Stevens defeated UMass Boston, 3-0, in the second game of the day. The Nor'easters finish their season at 13-6-2.
The Nor'easters had an opportunity with eight minutes remaining in the first half, as Caroline Meuse (Hampton, N.H.) had a free kick from 35 yards, but UNE went offsides on her service, negating the bid. Middlebury broke the scoreless tie with 18 seconds left in the first, as Olivia Miller (Laguna Beach, Calif.) served a cross from the right side that Ellie Bavier (Cambridge, Mass.) put in for her third score of the season.
The Panthers nearly added another early in the second as a shot by Simone Ameer (Washington D.C.) was punched over the crossbar by Jenna Pannone (Prospect, Conn.). Later in the half, Ameer came close again as she hit the post with a shot.
Eliza Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) directed a low shot from the right side with 14:37 remaining to extend the Middlebury lead to 2-0.
Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) did not face a shot and recorded her sixth shutout of the season, as the hosts held a 31-0 advantage in shots. Pannone finished with eight saves for the Nor'easters.
2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship
First Round – Saturday, Nov. 16
(Hosted by Middlebury – Middlebury, Vt.)
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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and two associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.