Middlebury

January 22, 2008

Middlebury College men's soccer coach David Saward has been named the NSCAA/Adidas National Coach of the Year. The 23-year head coach led the Panthers to their first NCAA Championship this fall, setting a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. His '07 squad earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while capturing the NESCAC Championship.

January 10, 2008

Middlebury College men's soccer player Brian Bush (Madison Wis.) will appear in the "Faces In The Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in the upcoming January 14th issue that hits newsstands Thursday, the 10th. Bush is the 15th person to represent Middlebury College Athletics in the magazine since 1996.

December 21, 2007

Five Middlebury College men's soccer players were honored today when the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) announced its All-Region and All-American teams. Seniors Alex Elias (Manchester Center, Vt.) and Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.), along with junior Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) earned first-team All-American honors, while senior Andrew Germansky (New York, N.Y.) was a second-team honoree. The four were also all named first-team All-New England, while junior Baer Fisher (Kenilworth, Ill.) earned second-team honors for the Panthers. The five players helped lead Middlebury to its first NCAA Championship this fall, setting a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. The '07 squad earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while capturing the NESCAC Championship.

December 12, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer coach David Saward has been named the NSCAA/Adidas New England Region Coach of the Year. The 23-year head coach led the Panthers to their first NCAA Championship this fall, setting a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. His '07 squad earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while capturing the NESCAC Championship.

November 24, 2007

The Middlebury men's soccer team won its first NCAA Championship with a 1-0 win over Trinity of Texas in the title match in Florida. The game finished in a scoreless tie through two overtimes, but the Panthers won the shootout, 4-3. In the title game, the shootout winner is credited with a one-goal victory. The national championship is the 28th for the College since '94, in eight different sports. The Panthers end the year with a school record 18 wins (18-2-2) and 17 shutouts. Trinity suffers its first loss and ends the season with a 23-1 mark.

November 23, 2007

The Middlebury men's soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in school history, after a 0-0 tie with Loras in an NCAA semifinal game in Florida (Middlebury advanced 3-1 on penalty kicks). The Panthers will take on Trinity of Texas, a 1-0 winner over Messiah, in the title game on Saturday night at 6:00.

November 21, 2007

The Middlebury College men's soccer team will makes its first appearance in the NCAA final four after capturing an NCAA sectional last weekend on campus. The Panthers will meet Loras in an NCAA semifinal contest on Friday, November 23rd at
Disney's Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The game will take place at 7:30, while Trinity of Texas and Messiah will play in the other semifinal match-up at 5:00. The winners meet for the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 6:00.

November 18, 2007

Middlebury (17-2-1) will make its first appearance in the NCAA final four after earning a 2-0 win over York in a sectional final contest in Vermont. The Panthers improve to 11-0 at home with just one goal allowed this season. The Spartans finish their season with an impressive 21-3-1 mark. Middlebury will play Loras (Iowa) in an NCAA semifinal contest on Friday, November 23rd at Disney's Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Trinity of Texas will meet Messiah in the other semifinal contest.

November 17, 2007

Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA Sectional Finals (quarterfinals) after a 3-0 shutout win over NESCAC foe Williams. The Panthers will take on York, a shoot-out winner over Amherst (0-0 tie), in the sectional final on Sunday at 1:00. Middlebury improves on its school-best numbers for wins (16) and shutouts (14) in a season. Williams ends its season at 12-5-2.

November 17, 2007

The Middlebury College men's soccer team will host one of four, four-team NCAA sectionals this weekend on campus. The Panthers will take on Williams at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, while Amherst battles York (Pa.) at 1:30 or 30 minutes following the first game. The winners meet on Sunday at 1:00 with a trip to the final four on the line. Tickets are available at the gate and are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students.

November 10, 2007

Middlebury advanced to the NCAA sectionals after a convincing 5-0 win over Wheaton in a second-round game in Vermont. The Panthers will find out their opponent and site of next weekend's sectional late on Sunday. Middlebury (15-2-1) improves on its school-record with its 15th win and 13th shutout of the season, while Wheaton ends the year at 13-7-2. The Panthers are now 9-0 at home in '07 with just one goal allowed.

November 8, 2007

Four members of the Middlebury College men's soccer team have earned first-team All-NESCAC honors this fall. Seniors Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Alex Elias (Manchester Center, Vt.) Andrew Germansky (New York, N.Y.) and junior Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) took up four of 11 spots on the league's first-team. The four helped lead the Panthers to a school-record 14 wins this season, as they enter NCAA Tournament play this weekend.

November 7, 2007

The Middlebury College men's soccer team will make its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host a second-round game after earning a first-round bye. The Panthers will take on Wheaton (13-6-3), a 2-0 first-round winner over Bridgewater State, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.

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November 6, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer player Alex Elias (Manchester, Vt.) has been named a District I Academic All-American by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association). Elias recently helped lead the Panthers to their second NESCAC Championship with a school-record 14 wins against two losses and a tie. The senior midfielder currently has a 3.71 GPA and will graduate this spring with a degree in economics.

November 5, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer player Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. The junior had an impressive championship weekend for the Panthers in net, allowing one goal in 200 minutes of action and earning a shutout in Sunday's final as Middlebury claimed a 1-0 victory to secure the 2007 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship. Bush made a total of seven saves on the weekend, including two during the penalty kick round on Saturday to help Middlebury advance past Williams in the semifinals. Bush now has eight shutouts so far this season with a conference-best 0.46 goals against average.

November 4, 2007

Middlebury won its second NESCAC Championship and its first since the inaugural tourney in '00 as the Panthers defeated Amherst, 1-0. The victory avenges a mid-season 3-1 loss to Amherst, as the Panthers improve to 14-2-1. Middlebury earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their fate when the pairings are announced on Monday.

November 3, 2007

The Middlebury men's soccer team has advanced to the NESCAC Championship game after a 1-1 tie with Williams at Amherst. The Panthers won the shootout 3-0 and will take on the host school for the title at noon on Sunday.

November 1, 2007

Middlebury will challenge for the NESCAC Championship they weekend as they travel to Amherst for the final rounds of the 2007 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship at Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass. The action begins on Saturday, Nov. 3 with second-seed Middlebury facing third-seed and defending NESCAC Men's Soccer Champion Williams in the first semifinal at 11:00 a.m., and will be followed by number-one Amherst taking on fifth-seed Bowdoin at 1:30 p.m. The 2007 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship concludes on Sunday, Nov. 4 with the final match getting underway at 12:00 p.m.

October 29, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer player Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week for the second time this season. Ftorek had a hand in every goal the Panthers scored over three games last week, tallying four times while adding in an assist as Middlebury went 2-1-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the 2007 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship. Ftorek scored the lone Middlebury goal on Tuesday in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Keene St., followed by Saturday's lone marker in a 1-0 Panther win at Trinity. He closed out the week by scoring two goals and contributing an assist on a third in a 3-0 win over Connecticut College on Sunday. Ftorek leads the NESCAC with 11 goals through 15 games this year.

October 28, 2007

Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinal round with a 3-0 win over Connecticut College. The Panthers will take on Williams next Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Amherst, while the host school will play Bowdoin at 1:30. The winners meet for the NESCAC title at noon on Sunday. The Camels end their season at 3-9-3, while Middlebury improves to 13-2, its most wins since the '98-'00 teams won 13 games each season.

October 27, 2007

Casey Ftorek scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute to give visiting Middlebury a 1-0 win over Trinity in the final game of the regular season for both teams. Middlebury will host Connecticut College in a NESCAC first-round game on Sunday at 12:30.

October 23, 2007

The men's soccer team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end as they suffered just their second loss of the season, a 2-1 double overtime game at Keene State. Jeremy Kelsey's goal at the 7:27 mark of the second overtime gave the the Owls the 2-1 upset win.

October 20, 2007

Stephen Hart scored in the 51st minute to lift Middlebury over host Bates 1-0 in a NESCAC men's soccer contest on Saturday. Middlebury raised its overall record to 11-1, 7-1 in conference play, while Bates drops to 4-8-1 overall and 0-7-1 in NESCAC play.

October 15, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer player Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. Ftorek tallied two goals and added in two assists during a 3-0 week for the Panthers that included victories over NESCAC foes Bowdoin and Williams. Ftorek scored the decisive goal on Tuesday against Bowdoin, assisted on the game-winning goal on Saturday against Williams, and had a goal and an assist on Sunday against Plymouth St. He leads Middlebury and is second in the NESCAC in scoring with 17 points, collecting a conference-best seven goals and three assists so far this season.

October 14, 2007

Middlebury picked up its eighth shutout of the season as the 10-1 Panthers earned their second win in as many days, this time a 5-0 non-conference victory over Plymouth State (4-7-1).

October 13, 2007

In another tightly-contested Middlebury vs. Williams men's soccer game, the Panthers came away with a 1-0 victory in Vermont. Baer Fisher scored at 82:29 as he took a drop pass from Casey Ftorek, who had carried the ball down the left win. Fisher blasted a ball into the upper right corner, just inside the post, for the game's only goal. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when the host Plymouth State at 3:00.

October 9, 2007

Middlebury earned its sixth shutout in nine games as they improved to 8-1 with a 2-0 win over Bowdoin (6-3). The Panthers have now allowed just five goals this season and will return to action when they host Williams on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

October 6, 2007

The Middlebury Men's Soccer team suffered its first loss of the season as they fell to NESCAC rival Amherst 3-1. The Panthers move to 7-1 on the season, while the Lord Jeffs remain undefeated at 9-0.

October 3, 2007

The Middlebury men's soccer team remained undefeated as they picked up a 2-1 win over in-state foe Norwich. The Panthers are now 7-0 on the season with two goals allowed.

October 1, 2007

Middlebury College men's soccer player Baer Fisher (Kenilworth, Ill.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. Fisher scored two goals and added in two assists for his first points of the season during a 2-0 week for the Panthers. Fisher netted a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win on Tuesday over Colby-Sawyer before putting on a repeat performance on Saturday during a 3-1 victory over Colby.

September 29, 2007

Middlebury moved to 6-0 on the season with five shutouts as the Panthers picked up a 3-1 win over Colby in NESCAC men's soccer action. Middlebury's allowed its first goal in over 454 minutes this season, as the Mule broke through early on.

September 25, 2007

Middlebury picked up its fifth consecutive shutout in as many games to start the season, as they earned a 5-0 victory over Colby-Sawyer. The feat matches the '03 squad, who also opened the season with five straight blankings.

September 22, 2007

Carson Cornbrooks scored his first career goal and it proved to be the game-winner as Middlebury remained undefeated and unscored upon on the season with a 2-0 blanking of Wesleyan. Brian Bush needed to make just three saves to post his fourth shutout of the season (he has 14 stops on the year). One of his saves in the first half came on a penalty kick by Wesleyan's Justin Mello.

September 15, 2007

The Middlebury men's soccer team posted its third consecutive win by shutout to start the 2007 season, scoring a 1-0 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC game played at Kraft Field on Saturday afternoon.

September 12, 2007

Middlebury scored twice in a 49 second span late in the second half to pick up a 2-0 win over Castleton State. The Panthers return to action at Tufts on Saturday, while Castleton hosts Plattsburgh on Tuesday.

September 8, 2007

Middlebury picked up a 2-0 win over Connecticut College in the season-opener for both teams. The game was played in front of a crowd of over 500 people on the Panthers' new Field Turf surface.

September 5, 2007

When the Middlebury College men's soccer team opens its season on Saturday, September 8th, they will do so on a brand-new state-of-the-art Field Turf surface. The Panthers will host Connecticut College at 1:30 p.m. in the season-opener for both teams, with an opening ceremony scheduled for halftime.

July 17, 2007

Construction of a new men's soccer field has been in progress all summer, with the team slated to begin play on the artificial surface in the fall. CLICK HERE to see photos taken from the project.