MEN'S SOCCER SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON
October 4, 2010
The Middlebury College men's soccer team remained unbeaten and un-scored upon Wednesday evening with a 4-0 defeat of Plymouth State University in a non-conference men's soccer battle at Panther Field.
Junior Otis Pitney (Washington, D.C.) and senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.) each tallied their first goals of the season for the visitors as Middlebury, ranked third in New England and 19th nationally, went up 2-0 in the first half. The Middlebury defense allowed just four PSU shots en route to the seventh shutout in as many games, improving to 7-0-0 on the season. Plymouth State suffered its second straight whitewash and dipped to 2-5-1.
Pitney put Middlebury on the board 18 minutes into the game with a splendid individual effort and scored with a shot from the top of the box off the inside of the left goal post. Cornbrooks extended the margin to 2-0 when he redirected a crossing pass from junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.).
Middlebury pulled away in the second half with two unanswered goals. Senior Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) put one in off the cross bar at the 68-minute mark, and junior Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) finished off the scoring seven minutes later, converting a 2-on-1 with sophomore Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.).
Junior goalie Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) needed to make just one save to post the shutout for Middlebury. PSU senior Dan Salzer made five saves at the other end, including a superb diving stop late in the second half.
Middlebury dropped its first game and gave up its first goals of the season as they fell at Colby, 2-1 in overtime. Nick Aubin scored with just 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Mules the win over 19th-ranked Middlebury. The Panthers were 7-0 overall, ranked third in New England, and had not allowed a goal all season before Saturday's game. Middlebury went 673 minutes and had outscored its opponents by a 26-0 margin when Aubin tallied with two minutes left in the first half. Matias Rodlauer had a cross skim off his head to Aubin, who was there to knock it in the net.
Middlebury (7-1 overall, 3-1 NESCAC) took a 1-0 lead at 32:41 when Pitney beat a defender on the right side and ripped a shot for the goal. Aubin scored the biggest goal of his collegiate career when he headed home a cross from Jeremy Lachtrupp in overtime.
Ben Joslin made his second straight start in earning the victory with a pair of saves, while Cahill stopped one shot. Middlebury outshot Colby 12-7 in the game.
• Men's soccer record: 7-1
• Up next: 10/9 vs. Amherst - 2:30