November 1, 2010

The Middlebury College men's soccer team advanced to the NESCAC semifinals after a 3-0 win over Tufts in a quarterfinal game on Sunday. The Panthers (12-3) will take on Amherst at Bowdoin next Saturday at 1:30, while the host school meets Wesleyan at 11:00. Tufts ends its season with a 5-8-2 mark.

Middlebury struck for three goals in the game's first 24:15 and never looked back on its way to the victory. Junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) served a ball after a restart, with rookie Tyler Smith (Pottersville, N.J.) getting a head on the ball. Junior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) was there to head the ball over the keeper for the 1-0 lead just 6:23 into the game.

Sophomore Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.) scored his second of the year at 15:31, as his second header attempt on a corner kick found the back of the net for a 2-0 Middlebury advantage.

Macnee struck again for this fourth of the year at 24:15, converting a great crossing pass from senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.) with a header off the far post.

The Panthers had a great chance to make it a 4-0 game at the 30-minute mark, as Macnee just missed the hat-trick with a header after some quick passing by the Panthers.

Tufts came back with a few chances early in the second half, both by Kiernan Lewis. His first blast sailed over the crossbar at 46:30, while his second chance from 15 yards out was denied by Middlebury junior keeper Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.).

Alan Bernstein made a pair of saves on the day for the Jumbos, while Cahill made one to earn his ninth shutout of the season.

Middlebury wrapped up its regular season with a 3-0 road loss at Williams on Friday. The Ephs scored in the 12th minute of the first half when Charlie Romero received a ball in the corner and tight-roped the goal line before crossing the ball into the box to a charging Kiel Bonhomme who scored from point blank range to put the Ephs up 1-0.

The Ephs capitalized again in the second half in the 54th minute when Romero crossed the ball to Bonhomme who one touched the ball to Alex Johnson in the box. Johnson proceeded to beat the keeper to put the Ephs up 2-0.

The Ephs went up 3-0 in the 74th minute after Romero connected with Gaston Kelly in the box. Kelly one touched the ball past Cahill to seal the victory for the Ephs.

Middlebury held a 10-7 shots advantage in the game and took seven corners compared to one by Williams. Cahill made two saves in goal, while Peter Morrell earned three saves for the Ephs.
• Men's soccer record: 12-3
• Up next: 11/6 vs. Amherst @ Bowdoin - 1:30 (NESCAC semi's), 11/7 - Champ. - 12:00