The Middlebury College women’s soccer team is off to the best start in program history, and a Vermonter is leading the charge.
The Panthers have smothered their competition in compiling a 7-0 record, allowing only two goals this fall while scoring 17. They Panthers are 15th in the NSCAA/adidas Division III national rankings and sit atop the NESCAC standings with a 5-0 mark.
Junior striker Annie Rowell — a Craftsbury resident, former St. Johnsbury Academy standout and the lone Vermont on Middlebury’s roster — has racked up a team-best six goals and 13 points and leads the NESCAC with three game-winning goals. Junior goalkeeper Lauryn Torch has four of the Panthers five shutouts.
Gunning for its third NESCAC crown and first since 2006, Middlebury has a couple big tests remaining this season. The Panthers travel to Amherst, the NESCAC”s third place team, on Saturday. And on Oct. 31 they play host to Williams, currently undefeated, in second place in the NESCAC, and ranked third in the country.