2019 Women's Soccer preview

Reaching the NCAA Championship match for the first time in program history and losing just six players to graduation, the Middlebury women’s soccer team looks to utilize that momentum into the 2019 campaign. A year ago, the squad won the program’s fourth NESCAC Championship and set a single-season record with 19 wins (19-2-3), claiming both the NCAA Sectional and Regional titles on its way to the final weekend in North Carolina.

Head Coach Peter Kim

Under the guidance of head coach Peter Kim, who was named both the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and the NESCAC Coach of the Year, the Panthers must fill some key pieces from a season ago, including two All-Americans in the midfield. The 16th-year head coach returns his top-eight point producers from a team that outscored opponents last fall by a 52-11 count and welcomes back depth at each level of the field.

Ellie Greenberg

Up front, senior captains Ellie Greenberg and Virginia Charman and junior Eliza Van Voorhis lead the returners. Van Voorhis, a Second-Team All-Region and All-NESCAC recipient, paced the Panthers in both goals (8) and points (20) a season ago, ranking seventh and eighth respectively in those categories among NESCAC peers. Greenberg finished with 14 points on six goals and a pair of assists. She recorded game-winning scores during each of the Panthers’ NCAA Tournament Sectional victories, while assisting on the lone goal in the NCAA Semifinal win over Washington-St. Louis. A two-year starter, Charman played in every match last season, tallying the game-winning goal at Roger Williams.

Virginia Charman

Senior Sabrina Glaser and junior Simone Ameer were key contributors a year ago at the forward position, who will also provide punch in the offensive end. Glaser tied for second on the team in goals (6) and was third in points (15), scoring a pair in a home NESCAC win over Amherst. Ameer had 11 points on four goals and three helpers, including the team’s lone goal in the NCAA Semifinal triumph.

Caitlin Magruder

In the midfield, the Panthers welcome back senior captains Olivia Miller and Caitlin Magruder, while junior Eliza Robinson will also play a significant role in the middle of the pitch. Miller appeared in all but one match last fall, scoring three times and produced the game-winning tally during the NCAA Tournament First-Round win over Maine-Farmington. She also ranked second on the team and fifth in the league with five assists. A two-year starter, Magruder returns to the field after posting two assists a season ago. Robinson logged minutes in every match with 13 starts, including all six during the NCAA Tournament run. She was tied for the NESCAC lead with seven assists and was second behind Van Voorhis in goals (6) and points (19), scoring a goal and assisting on two others in the NCAA Tournament triumph against Maine-Farmington.

Isabelle Hartnett

With three all-region players graduated from the defensive unit, Kim will lean on junior Isabelle Hartnett and sophomore Rose Evans to anchor the group. Hartnett started every contest on the Panther backline, while Evans played in 23 of 24 matches and started the final 11 of the season. The pair was a key part of a Middlebury defense that paced the league in goals against average (0.44) and was second in shutouts (13).

Ursula Alwang

The goalkeeper position is solid heading into the 2019 campaign. Senior captain Ursula Alwang saw the majority of the minutes in front of the Panther net last fall, appearing in 20 matches with 19 starts, logging every minute during the six NCAA Tournament contests. Overall, Alwang surrendered just eight goals in over 1,400 minutes, as her 0.40 goals against average led the conference and ranked 16th nationally. That mark established a program single-season record. The First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-NESCAC selection went 15-0-3 with nine shutouts, while her .893 save percentage led the league.

Classmate Eva Shaw saw action in over 335 minutes and was the Panther keeper in penalty-kick situations during their postseason run. She was 3-1-1 with a 0.54 GAA and an .882 save percentage and will battle Alwang for time between the posts.

The Panthers’ 2019 season opens with a September 4 non-conference match on Dragone Field against Plymouth State. Middlebury takes to the road for the first time with a September 7 NESCAC contest at Wesleyan.

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