October 3, 2011

            Middlebury and Wesleyan played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer on a cold rainy day in Vermont. The Panthers move to 2-2-3 overall and 0-2-3 in NESCAC play, while the Cardinal’s record goes to 5-0-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the league. Wesleyan entered the game ranked 10th nationally and second in New England.

            Each team had a few scoring chances in the first half, but could not find the back of the net. The Panthers had an opportunity at the 53:12 mark as sophomore Tyler Smith (Pottersville, N.J.) crossed to sophomore Graham Knisley (Wakefield, R.I.), but Adam Purdy was there to make a sliding save. The Cardinals had a great look in the 77th minute, but the shot hit the crossbar.

            Middlebury ended the contest with a 14-6 shots advantage, as Purdy and Middlebury senior goalkeeper Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with three saves apiece.

Middlebury earned its first win in NESCAC play with a 2-0 victory over Connecticut College (5-3, 3-3) in a home contest on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers improve to 3-2-3 overall and 1-2-3 in league play, as they prepare to host Castleton State on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

            Middlebury had an opportunity 13 minutes into the game, but a free kick by senior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) ended up being sent towards the goal and cleared off the line by a Camel defender. Just over a minute later, junior Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.), found senior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.), with his shot just missing wide. Senior Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) and Macnee worked a give-and-go later, with Drolet’s attempt going over the crossbar.

            Middlebury finally broke through 51:20 into the second half when senior Otis Pitney (Washington, D.C.) scored his team-leading third of the season, finishing off a scramble in the goal crease.

            Just under two minutes later, Pitney carried the ball down the left wing before making a hard crossing pass. Drolet was there to tap in the cross for his first of the season to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage.

            Middlebury kept up the pressure down the stretch, emerging with the 2-0 win. Cahill was forced to make no saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season. Casey Marini made a pair of stops for the Camels. The game was physical, with 38 fouls whistled between the teams.
• Men’s soccer record: 3-2-3
• Up next: 10/4 vs. Castleton – 4:00, 10/8 @ Hamilton