Men's Soccer Advances To NESCAC Semi's

October 30, 2005

10/30/05 - Middlebury defeated Tufts in the first-round of the NESCAC Tournament for the third consecutive year as the Panthers came away with a 1-0 victory on Dragone Field. Middlebury will take on Amherst in a semifinal game at 1:30 next Saturday at Williams, while the host school meets Wesleyan at 11:00. The winners meet for the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday.

Middlebury's goal came on a penalty kick 7:50 into the game after a foul was committed while the Panthers were threatening. Derek Cece blasted a rocket to the bottom right corner of the goal to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Mattia Chason had a pair of chances for Tufts at the 10 and 13-minute marks, but both quality chances were turned away by Middlebury goalkeeper Zach Toth. A few minutes later, John Sales had a solid scoring chance, but his effort was denied with a punch-out save by Brian Dulmovits of Tufts. Later in the half, Tufts may have had its best chance with an indirect kick from 10 yards out. Mike Guigli rifled a shot toward the goal after a touch, only to have Toth turned it away as it deflected off him and out of the area. The Jumbos appeared to have tied the game late in the half, but the goal was waved off after a foul had been called in the penalty area prior to the shot.

The majority of the second half was played in the midfield, with neither team having quality chances to score. Guigli blasted a rocket toward the top post with 10 minutes remaining, but Toth was able to tip it over the post. The Jumbos last chance came on a late corner kick, but the ball was cleared with under a minute to play.

Each team took eight shots in the game, while Tufts held a 6-2 edge in penalty kicks. Toth made three saves in goal to earn his eighth shutout of the season, while Dulmovits made one save for Tufts.

Date: October 30, 2005

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM  1  2  OT  OT  F

Tufts (5-8-2)  0  0  -  -  0

Middlebury (10-3-1)  1  0  -  -  1


M-1st (7:50) - Derek Cece (penalty kick)


Zack Toth-M (90 min., 3 saves, 0 GA)

Brian Dulmovits-T (90 min., 1 save, 1 GA)