October 18, 2010

            Junior Otis Pitney (Washington, D.C.) scored the game's only goal on a pass from rookie Tyler Smith (Pottersville, N.J.) to lift the 13th ranked Middlebury College men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory against Connecticut College in front of 1500 fans on Tempel Green Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) made three saves en route to his eighth shutout of the season. Casey Marini stopped three shots in the setback for the Camels. The Panthers improve to 10-1 with a 5-1 record in the NESCAC while the Camels slip to 4-5-1 with a 1-4-1 record in league play.

            Pitney and Smith converted in a 2-on-1 situation versus the keeper to put the visitors on top 3:41 in the second half. Sophomore Graham Christensen nearly scored the equalizer with 39:30 remaining but Cahill was able to make a stop on the shot from close range.

            The Camels held a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks in the contest and had their best opportunity to tie the game in the 69th minute of play. Nick Maghenzani made a nifty move to spring free on the right side and fired a cross into the middle of the box. Trevor Prophet got a head on it for what appeared to be a game-tying goal., but Cahill made a brilliant game-saving stab to preserve the one-goal lead for the visitors.

            The Panthers earn their 10th win of the season, all via shutout - as they outshot their opponents, 8-7.

            Rookie Graham Knisley (Wakefield, R.I.) and junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) both notched their first goals of the season as Middlebury defeated Castleton, 2-0, in non-conference men's soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night.

            Knisley opened up the scoring just seven minutes and 21 seconds into the contest corralling senior Jake Edwards' (Easton, Conn.) corner kick and placing it just under the crossbar past Castleton goaltender Andy LaCroix for a 1-0 lead.

            Redmond made it 2-0 at 14:51 of the first half thanks to stellar passing from teammates junior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) and junior Alex Colucci (Westfield, N.J.).

            Macnee started the play by finding Colucci at the right flank with a through ball. Colucci gained possession of the ball and delivered a perfectly placed pass to Redmond just outside of the top of the box. Redmond planted and slipped a shot behind LaCroix to double Middlebury's advantage.

            In the 21st minute, Spartans' defender Jacob Roswell kept the score at 2-0 denying Knisley of his second goal on the night clearing a shot that Knisley placed just inside the far post.

            Josh Costa had Castleton's best scoring chance inside the 48th minute with a one-on-one opportunity against Cahill. After receiving a lofted pass from Roswell, Costa ripped a shot just over the crossbar and the reach of Cahill keeping the score at 2-0.

            LaCroix finished with four saves in the loss, while Cahill turned away all three shots that came his way in the shutout.
• Men's soccer record: 10-1
• Up next: 10/19 @ Wesleyan, 10/23 vs. Bates - 11