Men's Soccer To Host Wheaton In NCAA Game

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.

Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 2-4-2 in NCAA Tournament play, twice falling on penalty kicks. The Panthers picked up tournament wins in '96 and '00, before falling at St. Lawrence a year ago.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament by capturing its second NESCAC Championship with a 1-0 win over Amherst in the title game. Brian Bush earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after allowing one goal in 200 minutes, while stopping both penalty kicks on goal in a semifinal shootout win over Williams.

The Panthers have earned a school-record 14 wins this season, against just a pair of losses and one tie. Middlebury has also posted a school-record 12 shutouts on the season. Head coach David Saward, now in his 23rd year, sports a career record of 247-82-35 (.727) entering the weekend.

Middlebury opened the season with seven consecutive wins, including a 454-minute shutout streak to start the season. The Panthers suffered a 3-1 loss to Amherst before running off four more wins. Middlebury suffered its second loss of the season, a 2-1 overtime game at Keene State, before finishing the season at 3-0-1.

Middlebury led the NESCAC this season just 0.46 goals allowed per game, while the Panther offense is tied for second with 2.00 goals/game. Senior Casey Ftorek has been the team's offensive leader, pacing the NESCAC with .71 goals/game, while ranking second with 1.65 points/contest. He leads the team with 12 goals and four assists for 28 point, including seven game-winners.

Sophomore Stephen Hart (5-3-13), senior Baer Fisher (3-4-10), senior Brandon Jackson (3-2-8) and sophomore Andrew Banadda (2-4-8) round out the leading scorers. Senior Andrew Germansky anchors the defense, with junior teammate Corey Moffat and sophomore Colin Nangle.

Bush had been steady in goal this season, despite missing almost four games with an injury. The junior is 11-1-1 with a 0.46 GAA and eight shutouts on the year.

2007 NCAA Men's Soccer Second Round

Saturday, November 10th -
Middlebury College
Wheaton (13-6-3) vs. Middlebury (14-2-1) - 1:00 p.m.