MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury head coach Peter Kim became the first women's soccer coach in school history to earn 100 wins as the No. 17 nationally ranked Panthers topped Bates 3-0 on Saturday.
With the win, the Panthers (11-1-1, 7-1-1) have locked up a NESCAC Quarterfinal home game on October 27th, following their regular season finale at Williams this Wednesday. A victory in Wednesday's contest would give the Panthers the top seed for the entire NESCAC Championship.
Bates (4-8-1, 1-7-1) junior goalkeeper Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) finished with five saves in the game. Sophomore Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.), sophomore Nicki Brill (Westport, Conn.), junior Jaimie Cappucci (Saugus, Mass.), sophomore Krista Prouty (Norwell, Mass.) and first-year Maggie Coco (Avon, Conn.) all put shots on goal for the Bobcats.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when Scarlett Kirk found Claire Nishioka in the box, with a quick finish for her second of the season.
Middlebury kept coming with a great chance in the 56th minute, but a great save by Schmelz denied Kirk from point-blank range. Kirk saw another great shot on a header denied by Schmelz in the 61st minute, after a nice feed from Hannah Robinson.
The Panthers made it a 2-0 game at 67:45, when Kirk broke through for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Rachel Madding dribbled through the middle before making a quick feed to Kirk, who finished from 10 yards out. The Panthers added a late goal when Hannah Newman converted a penalty kick for her first score of the year.
The first half shots were even at 3-3, and Middlebury finished with a 12-6 edge in the game. Jocelyn Remmert made one save in the first 20:30 of play, while Elizabeth Foody earned the win with four saves in 69:30 of action for the Panthers.
Bates wraps up the season on Wednesday, with a 3pm game at Colby (Video), in what will be both teams' season finale.