Middlebury, Vt. - The Trinity College Bantams and the Middlebury Panthers played to a scoreless draw on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action at Dragone Field in Vermont. Trinity moves to 6-5-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play while the Panthers now sit at 9-2-2 on the year and 4-2-2 in league action. Trinity returns to the pitch on Wednesday when they travel to in-state conference opponent Connecticut College.
Scoring opportunities were hard to come by in the first half for both sides. The Panthers had a great chance in the 25th minute when Eliza Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) hit a knuckling shot from 25 yards away that Bantam senior goalie and tri-captain Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) smothered.
In the second half, Trinity's best opportunity came in the 72nd minute when sophomore Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) blasted an attempt from 25 yards that Middlebury goalie Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) punched just over the crossbar. The hosts nearly got on the board with a little less than 10 minutes left in regulation when a cross was just out of the reach of a charging Eliza Van Voorhis (Mattapoisett, Mass.) before Pitino corralled the bending ball.
Following the first overtime that saw both teams with few chances, the Bantams had a great chance in the 102nd minute when senior Alexa Barbaresi's (Newport, Beach, Calif.) curling shot from six yards was punched just wide of the far post by Alwang to preserve the draw.
Alwang finished with five saves for her fourth shutout of the season, while Pitino made four stops. Middlebury held a 19-13 advantage in shots and both squads had seven corner kicks.