October 10, 2011

            The Panther men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) with two more wins last week. Senior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) netted a pair of goals to lead Middlebury to a 2-0 win over Castleton State in a non-conference game on Tuesday.

            The first half was quiet with the Panthers having a couple of scoring chances at the 15 and 20-minute marks. Macnee broke through late in the first half with 2:01 remaining to give his team a 1-0 advantage. He received a long cross by junior Josh Lyvers (Harvard, Mass.) and then went one-on-on with Casteleton keeper Nate Koenemann (3 saves) for the tally.

            Macnee netted his fourth of the year and 27th of his career just 5:19 into the second session to make it a 2-0 game. Junior Jon Portman’s (Fair Haven, N.J.) blast was stopped by a diving save from Koenemann, with Macnee there to pound the rebound high into the net.

            Middlebury had a great chance to add to their lead at 61:30, but senior Robbie Redmond’s (Morristown, N.J.) penalty kick went high to the left.

            The Panthers threatened a bit down the stretch, emerging with the 2-0 victory. Middlebury held a 15-5 shots advantage in the contest as senior Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) made three saves in goal to earn his fifth shutout of the season.

Middlebury received goals from three players and Cahill stopped all three shots he faced to lead the Panthers to a 3-0 NESCAC win over Hamilton Saturday. Cahill recorded his sixth shutout of 2011 with three saves.

Senior Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.), sophomore Sam Peisch (Still River, Mass.) and junior Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.) all scored for Middlebury.  Macnee earned two assists, and senior Otis Pitney (Washington, D.C.) chipped in another for the Panthers. 

The Panthers got on the board in just the seventh minute when Macnee played a through ball to the center of Hamilton's penalty area that found Drolet, who buried the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the year.

Middlebury doubled its lead with just under 1:30 to play in the first half when Macnee crossed a ball in from the left side of the penalty area on a fast break.  Peisch went to the ground to trap the ball, got up, and turned past a defender to beat Hamilton goalkeeper Eric Boole (four saves) from close range. 

The Panthers scored their third goal in the 58th minute when Pitney and Brazier had a 2-on-1 advantage in the Hamilton penalty area. Pitney slid the ball across to his left and Brazier pounded it home for his third goal of the year.

Middlebury held a 16-7 shot advantage, and each team was credited with four corner kicks.
• Men’s soccer record: 5-2-3
• Up next: 10/15 vs. Trinity – 2:00