Men's Soccer Falls To Amherst

October 6, 2007

Middlebury 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.

Amherst got on the board first when on a corner kick, winger Nick Lynch played a short ball back out to John Kneeland. As the Panther defense rushed Kneeland to defend a shot, the midfielder slotted a pass through to Lynch breaking in on goal. Lynch hit a low hard shot from a tough angle, which was pumped home by defender Grayson Holland.

Later in the half, Middlebury was on the attack and was awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the box. Middlebury's Brandon Jackson stepped to the spot for the attempt, but Amherst goalie Jeff Grover made the save, diving to his left. Less than three minutes later, at the 16:36 mark of the first half, Jake Duker and Taylor Downs combined for Amherst's second goal of the game.

In the second half, Downs notched his second goal of the game when he laced a hard shot past Panther goalie Brian Bush into the far upper corner of the net.

Middlebury would not go easily, as they pressured the Amherst defense until the final whistle. With 11:15 left in the game, Middlebury's Stephen Hart beat Grover with a flicked shot in a footrace to a bouncing ball. The shot looked destined for the back of the net, but trickled just wide.

With less than five minutes remaining, Middlebury's Nolan Lincoln put home a rebound after Allen Bourdon put his head on the end of a long free kick, and forced an initial save from Grover.