Men's Soccer Tops Amherst - Will Play For NESCAC Title

November 4, 2006

The Middlebury men's soccer team has advanced to the NESCAC Championship game with a 1-0 win over Amherst at Williams. The win avenges a 3-1 loss to the Jeffs on Dragone Field earlier this season. The Panthers will take on the host school, a 3-0 winner over Bates, at noon on Sunday for the NESCAC Championship game.

In another physical Middlebury/Amherst match-up, the Panthers were able to come through with a late goal to earn the win. After 80:36 of scoreless soccer, Casey Ftorek found the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. At the top of the box, Ftorek took the ball from mid-air, created some distance from his defender, and sent a blistering shot just inside the near post.

Middlebury was able to hold onto the lead for the final 10 minutes of play, coming away with the win. The Jeffs held a 19-8 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon.

With today's goal, Ftorek now has 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points on the season, tying Kyle Dezotell for the most points in a season. Unfortunately, Ftorek will miss Sunday's championship game after earned a red card in today's semifinal match.

Zach Toth ended the day with nine saves in goal to earn the win, while Jeffrey Grover made five stops for Amherst.