September 20, 2010

The Middlebury College men's soccer team improved to 3-0 on the season with its third consecutive shutout, as the Panthers blanked in-state foe Southern Vermont, 6-0. Middlebury owned a 26-2 shots advantage in the game, as 27 different players saw action on the field. The Mountaineers even their record at 3-3 on the year.

            Junior Alex Colucci (Westfield, N.J.) struck just 2:46 into the game for Middlebury, burying a shot after a save and a scrum in the S. Vermont goal crease. Senior Taylor Wilkins (S. Burlington, Vt.) took a nice feed from junior Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) and blasted a shot past a diving Aaron Eschler at the 8:13 mark to make it a 2-0 contest.

            The Panthers kept coming, as junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) fed senior Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) at 13:36, with the senior finishing for the 3-0 advantage. Watkins scored on a penalty kick at the 32:06 mark for his second of the game. Sophomore Ethan Galiette (Avon, Conn.) and Colucci worked a nice give-and-goal late in the first half, with Galiette scoring at 41:05 to give the Panthers a 5-0 lead at the break.

            Just one second half goal was scored, with the lead increasing to 6-0 at the 72:05 mark. Sophomore Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.) scored for the Panthers in the box, converting a pass from rookie Tyler Smith (Pottersville, N.J.).

            Junior goalie Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) picked up the win in goal, making just one save in the first half. Sophomores Eric Wilson (Portland, Ore.) (24 minutes) and Zach Abdu-Glass (Lexington, Mass.) (21 minutes) both saw second half action in goal. Eschler finished with eight saves for the Mountaineers.

            The previous day, Middlebury remained unbeaten against Trinity (1-2) in its last 13 games, defeating the Bantams 1-0 in the team's home-opener.

            Middlebury had some golden opportunities in the first half, including a shot just wide by Macnee in the eighth minute after taking a feed from senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.). Six minutes later, Trinity keeper Grant Schonberg (2 saves) made a nice save on a corner kick, stopping an attempt by Macnee after service from Redmond. Wilkins went hard to the goal in the 20th minute, with his shot just missing the crossbar.

            The Panthers broke onto the scoreboard at the 51:31 mark of the second half, when senior Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) scored his first of the year. Cornbrooks fed Edwards, whose shot hit Schonberg and then crossed the goal line.

            Middlebury kept up the pressure in the second half with more scoring chances, but could not increase their lead. Trinity's best opportunity came in the 75th minute, but Zachary Packer's shot was denied by a diving save from Cahill (3 saves). The Panthers ended the game with an 11-5 shots advantage.
• Men's soccer record: 3-0
• Up next: 9/22 vs. Norwich - 4:30, 9/25 vs. Bowdoin - 12, 9/26 @ Colby-Sawyer