Men's Soccer Headed To Final Four

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.

Middlebury struck early, just 3:14 into the contest, with a goal on a corner kick. Baer Fisher served the ball in from the right side where it was skipped by David LaRocca to Allen Bourdon on the far side, who finished with a diving header into the net for his first goal of the season.

The teams exchanged some decent scoring opportunities over the next 30 minutes, with the Panthers holding on to the 1-0 lead.

The advantage doubled at the 31:18 mark as Brandon Jackson won a ball down low on the left side. He quickly fed a centering pass to Casey Ftorek, who finished for his 17th goal of the season. The goal was his sixth in the last four games, as he improves on his Middlebury single-season record.

Brandon Jackson had a chance to add to the lead shortly after the Ftorek goal, but his shot and rebound were both saved by York keeper Kyle Marks. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break, holding a slight 8-7 edge in shots.

The second half saw few scoring chances early on, until Middlebury's Stephen Hart made three nice moves before having his open shot sail over the goal.

York turned up the pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game with several shots on goal, but Middlebury keeper Brian Bush stood his ground, making nine saves on the afternoon. The shutout was his 11th of the season, a new Middlebury single-season record. Marcks ended the day with three saves for the Spartans.

November 18, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Middlebury, Vt.

York (21-3-1) 0 0 - - 0
Middlebury (17-2-1) 2 0 - - 2

M-1st (3:14) - Allen Bourdon (David LaRocca, Baer Fisher)
M-1st (31:18) - Casey Ftorek (Brandon Jackson)

Brian Bush-M (90 min., 9 saves, 0 GA)
Kyle Marks-Y (90 min., 3 saves, 2 GA)