Middlebury Deals Bowdoin First Loss of the Women's Soccer Season

Sophomore Amanda Kinneston

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - In a battle of unbeaten squads, the ninth-ranked Middlebury women's soccer team remained perfect with a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin on Dragone Field Saturday.

The Panthers (5-0, 3-0) return to action on Sunday when they host Amherst at 2:00 p.m., while the Polar Bears (4-1, 2-1) host UNE on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Middlebury held a 6-1 shots advantage in the first half, with neither team able to find the back of the net. Bowdoin threatened late in the first half, but a header from Amanda Kinneston was stopped by Panther keeper Elizabeth Foody. In the second half. Moria Sloan found Scarlett Kirk on a crossing pass, with her shot denied by a diving save from Bowdoin keeper Bridget McCarthy.

The game's only goal came at the 51:41 mark, the first of her career for senior Lucy Wagner. The defender launched a shot from near the end line in the right corner, with the ball sailing high over the head of McCarthy and into back side of the net.

Each team had a few chances in the remainder of the second half, but the Panther defense remained unscored upon this season, securing the 1-0 victory. Foody finished with five saves overall, while McCarthy made four stops for the Polar Bears.