October 11, 2010

The Panther men's soccer team earned its eighth shutout of the season, picking up a 1-0 NESCAC victory over #14 Amherst (5-1-3, 1-1-3) on Saturday afternoon. The loss is the first of the year for the Jeffs, while #19 Middlebury moves to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in NESCAC play.

            Amherst had the better of the play in the first half, holding a 10-1 shots advantage. The Jeffs had a nice chance in the 36th minute, but Spencer Noon's header was just wide after a cross from Thebe Tsatimpe. Middlebury junior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) answered shortly after, but his shot was turned away. The Jeffs' best chance to score in the contest came with under a minute to play in the first half. Ian Rothkopf blasted a shot from 10 yards outside the box, but Middlebury junior keeper Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) made a spectacular save to deny him and keep the game scoreless.

            Middlebury turned up the pressure in the second half, with Macnee just missing from 25 yards out at the 74:30 mark. The Panthers kept coming seconds later, when service from senior Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) resulted in a scrum that was eventually cleared away by the Jeffs.

            The game's only goal came at 78:01, when junior Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) scored his third of the season. Senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.) took the original shot that was saved, as Drolet was there to finish the rebound for the game-winner.

The Jeffs threatened late, but Cahill stopped Julien Aoyama from inside the box with five minutes remaining to preserve the shutout.

Amherst held a 13-7 shots advantage in the game, with an 8-1 lead in corner kicks. Cahill made five saves to earn the shutout, while Lennard Kovacs earned a pair of stops for Amherst.
• Men's soccer record: 8-1
• Up next: 10/13 @ Castleton, 10/16 @ Conn. - 2:00