September 27, 2010

The Middlebury College men's soccer team improved to 46-3-4 all-time vs. Norwich, handing the Cadets a 7-0 loss en route to its third straight win at home on Wednesday.

            Senior Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) tied the school record (held by five others) with three assists in the game, setting up the first three Panther goals. First-year player Tyler Smith (Pottersville, N.J.) scored the first of his career to get things going, heading in a free kick by Edwards from the corner kick area at 30:06.

            Senior Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) scored on a similar play 3:34 later, scoring with a low hard shot on an Edwards corner kick. Watkins struck again for his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the second half at 59:03, heading in a corner from Edwards.

First-year player Sam Peisch (Still River, Mass.) and junior Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) came off the bench in the 62nd minute, connecting at 62:56 as Peisch netted the first of his career on a breakaway, with a great feed from Drolet. The lead increased to 5-0 just 1:21 later, when Smith tallied his second of the game, redirecting a ball headed into the box by junior Otis Pitney (Washington, D.C.).

            Sophomore Brett Brazier (Okemos, Mich.) sent a long cross ahead to Drolet in the 75th minute, as the two-time All-NESCAC hockey selection scored the first of his career on the soccer field, with a quick redirect. Sophomore Ethan Galiette (Avon, Conn.) ended the scoring at 78:06, heading in a crossing pass from rookie William Gevertz (Armonk, N.Y.).

            Junior goalie Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) made two saves in goal to earn the shutout, while Sam Armus (eight saves) and Zach McMillan (2 saves) both saw time for Norwich.

On Saturday, Middlebury moved to 4-0 in NESCAC play with a 1-0 win over Bowdoin. The Polar Bears threatened a bit with a corner kick early on, with the Panthers having a goal called back in the 32nd minute on an offsides call. Takahiro Nakamura had a chance for Bowdoin at 36:05, but his blast from inside the box was stopped by Tim Cahill.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with 2:05 left in the half when senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.) crossed a ball to junior Alex Colucci (Westfield, N.J.), which was headed perfectly into the upper right hand corner of the net.

            The Panthers had a great opportunity early in the second half, when junior Tyler Macnee's (Williston, Vt.) shot in the box was deflected out of bounds after a nice feed from Pitney. Bowdoin had a great chance of their own in the 60th minute, as Call Nichols' shot was rolling towards the goal line before it was cleared away by Rob Cole.

Middlebury doubled its lead at 70:38 when Smith headed in a crossing pass from Edwards for his third of the year.

Bowdoin had a chance to get on the board with 12 minutes remaining, but Sean Bishop's header on a corner kick went over the crossbar. Cahill made four saves to earn the win, while Dan Hicks stopped one shot for Bowdoin.

The Panthers pushed their win streak and clean sheet streak to six straight games after a 4-0 win at Colby-Sawyer on Sunday. Middlebury scored all of their goals in an eight minute stretch midway through the first half. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 21-0 thus far this season, improving to 6-0, while the Chargers drop to 4-5.

            The Panthers controlled the tempo from the first whistle and scored their first goal of the contest in the 18th minute. Junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) took a corner kick from the right side and sent in a ball towards the front of the goal. Rookie Graham Knisley (Wakefield, R.I.) got his head on the ball and flicked it to junior teammate Matt Martin (Kenmore, Wash.). Martin then headed the ball past the keeper for his second goal of the season.

Three minutes later Middlebury scored their second goal of the game. Edwards was driving down the left flank and fired a rocket into the upper right corner for his second tally of the season.

In the 24th minute, Middlebury was awarded a penalty shot after one of their forwards was taken down in the box. The team's leading goal scorer, Watkins, took the shot and ripped it right down the middle as Colby-Sawyer keeper Will Berry dove to his left. The goal was Watkins' fifth of the season.

Middlebury got their last goal of the contest in the 26th minute. Macnee dribbled into the box with a defender in front of him. The two players got tangled, but Macnee somehow came away with the ball and chipped it into the net.

            Cahill earned the win after playing 62 minutes. Sophomore Zach Abdu-Glass (Lexington, Mass.) played the rest of the match and made one save. Berry suffered the loss for the Chargers, but senior Max Williams made eight saves in 63 minutes.
• Men's soccer record: 6-0
• Up next: 9/29 @ Plymouth, 10/2 @ Colby