Women’s Soccer Dribbles Toward Victory, Heads to NESCAC Semifinal


Eliza Robinson ’21 scored the only goal this past Saturday, edging a win against Bowdoin in the NESCAC quarterfinal.


The women’s soccer team started off its drive to the NESCAC championship with a win in the quarterfinals last Saturday, Oct. 27 against the Bowdoin Polar Bears. 

Despite unpleasant weather and a two-hour rain delay, the second-ranked Panthers were able to shut out their seventh-ranked opponent with a goal in the first half from sophomore Eliza Robinson. Robinson’s game-winning goal marks the midfielder’s fourth goal of the season, half of which contributed to conference matchups. This impressive figure is matched by an equally outstanding tally of five assists from Robinson — a team high for the season.

“I was beyond happy to have scored this past weekend, but mainly just excited for our team [to be] advancing to the next round,” said a humble Robinson. “Last year we had an upsetting loss in the quarterfinals, so advancing this year was all I and the team wanted.”

Additional strong play on the defensive end from goalie Eva Shaw ’20 helped Middlebury keep the lead until the clock ran out. She made a career-high 10 saves.

The Panthers will head on to the conference championship this coming weekend, hoping to keep their season alive with a doubleheader win. 

“Some challenges moving forward this week would definitely be that we have to beat a team twice,” Robinson said. “I hope our work rate is 110 percent all week since we know that in playoffs every game could be our last.”

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