October 8, 2012

Middlebury broke open a scoreless game with three goals in the final minutes on its way to a 3-0 victory at Castleton. After outshooting Castleton 16-3 in the first half and 30-10 in the game, Middlebury finally got on the board in the 79th minute on an own goal. The ball was bouncing around in the box before it went off a defender and bounced back over Koenemann’s head into the net.

The Panthers made it 2-0 in the 86th minute as the ball deflected out to junior Sam Peisch (Still River, Mass.) at the near corner of the 18 and he took one dribble before blasting it past Koenemann.

With just 39 seconds remaining, Middlebury pushed its lead to 3-0. An attempted shot from outside the 18 hit the cross bar and came out to senior Ben Tabah (New Canaan, Conn.), who ripped the ball into the back of the net.

Middlebury senior Zach Abdu-Glass (Lexington, Mass.) finished the game with four saves for Middlebury, while Nate Koenemann made nine stops for Castleton.

Middlebury made it two straight wins as the Panthers earned a 2-0 NESCAC victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

Middlebury struck just 7:11 into the game with the first of his career for sophomore Harper Williams (Charlotte, N.C.). Sophomore Dan Skayne (Boxborough, Mass.) started the play with a blast from 18 yards out on a restart. The shot was saved by Eric Boole (3 saves) before Williams pounced on the rebound and finished.

Hamilton had a great chance to tie the game in the 22nd minute, but Daniel Tempest’s shot from point-blank range was denied by Abdu-Glass. Late in the half, Tabah played a nice through ball to sophomore Brandon Robinson (Rye, N.Y.), but his low hard shot was stopped by Boole.

In the second half, the Continentals had another opportunity to tie the game, but a low skipping shot in the 68th minute from Hennie Bosman was denied with a great save by Abdu-Glass.

Middlebury gained some breathing room down the stretch with the first career goal from Skayne. The goal was very similar to the first, this time with Williams’ original shot being saved before Skayne put away the rebound at the 72:07 mark.

Hamilton looked to break up the shutout late, but Griffin Abbott’s shot hit the crossbar and went out of bounds in the 81st minute.

Middlebury ended with a slight 11-8 edge in shots, as Abdu-Glass finished with four saves to earn the shutout.

Middlebury and Connecticut College battled for 110 minutes, settling for a 1-1 tie in NESCAC action on Sunday afternoon.

Middlebury senior Jack Freeman (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the scoring in the 10th minute of action when he buried a penalty kick inside the left post.  Camel Dillon Kerr tied the game early in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute to tie the game at 1-1. Marino Patrk made a nifty move, delivering a low cross out in front for Kerr, who one-timed one into the back of the net.

Abdu-Glass stopped 10 shots in the contest for the Panthers, while junior Casey Marini made six saves for the Camels.

Connecticut College held a 15-14 advantage in shots and also enjoyed a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

• Men’s soccer record: 5-4-1

• Up next: 10/13 @ Trinity