Men's Soccer At Middlebury
Now in its 59th season as a varsity sport, soccer has developed a long, proud tradition at Middlebury. The program has consistently been one of the most powerful and respected in New England, with 39 All-Americans.
The '07 season was a magical one for the Panthers, as they captured the program's first NCAA Championship. Middlebury set a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. They earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while not allowing a goal over five NCAA Tournament games. The Panthers also won their second NESCAC Championship. Middlebury followed that up with a trip to the NCAA Sectional finals in '08, while advancing to the quarterfinals in '11.
Middlebury has consistently been one of the top teams in the NESCAC, a conference that ranks among the nation's best. The Panthers have 10 or more wins in 14 of the last 17 seasons and have advanced to the post-season in 23 of the 26 years David Saward has been at the helm. Middlebury has sported an impressive 199-62-24 record over the past 17 seasons and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine of the last 17 years. The team has appeared in eight NESCAC title games, winning the title in '00, '07 and '11. The Panthers have twice received the New England Division III Fair Play and Sportsmanship Award.
The Panther soccer program has two units, the varsity and the B team. Middlebury's varsity squad carries between 18 and 20 players. Practice is held daily except Sunday, and a varsity player is expected to attend practice unless he has an academic conflict. Combining two-hour practice sessions with preparation and post-activity time, each student is likely to be committed to a total of about three hours a day.
The B team is open only to first-year students and sophomores, while the varsity team is open to all athletes who can qualify. The B team has become a vital developmental tool in the success of the program. The team also plays a seven-match schedule against such teams as the University of Vermont, St. Michael's, Williams, and Dartmouth. On the average, the B team annually supplies about four players to the varsity squad. It provides good players an opportunity to play and develop with accomplished players.
For the soccer player looking for a challenging academic experience combined with a quality soccer program, Middlebury is an excellent choice.