Men's Soccer Has Solid Week

September 22, 2008

Despite holding a 19-8 advantage in shots, Middlebury was unable to pick up the win as they settled for a 1-1 tie with Wesleyan in a NESCAC home game on campus. Middlebury had a great chance in the 8th minute, but junior Stephen Hart's (Park City, Utah) chip shot sailed just over the bar from 15 feet away. Wesleyan broke through at 12:47 as Nick Whipple's free kick from 40 yards out was headed into the goal off the crossbar by Matt Nevin.

Middlebury answered at 28:30 as first-year player Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) finished after a shot from sophomore Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) was saved by Wesleyan's Nigel Stacey. Senior Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) kept it a 1-1 game for Middlebury in the 79th minute as he made a punch save as Max Sander was attempting a quick one-time shot. Stacey did the same for Wesleyan in overtime, denying Macnee on a rebound.

Bush ended the game with fives saves, while Stacey made seven for the Cardinals.

Senior Allen Bourdon (Lyme, N.H.) netted his first goal of the match off a penalty kick in the third minute and scored again minutes later to help Middlebury remain unbeaten with a 2-0 win over Colby-Sawyer. Chris Feltes made several impressive saves keeping the game within reach for the Chargers, finishing with nine on the afternoon.

The Chargers played well against the defending NCAA Champions rallying up several scoring chances. The first came in the 18th minute when Tom White struck a beautiful header off a corner kick from Derek Veilleux but was denied by Bush, who made six saves on the afternoon. The Chargers offense generated eight shots, putting six on net.

After scoring his first goal, Bourdon tallied his second on a volley from a nice cross from senior Baer Fisher (Kenilworth, Ill.) in the fifth minute of play.
. Men's soccer record: 3-0-1
. Up next: 9/27 @ Colby - 1:30