Men's Soccer Headed To Stevens For Sectional - Follow It Live!

November 18, 2008

The Middlebury College men's soccer team is in the midst of its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance as they head to Stevens Institute for a sectional this weekend. The games will take place in Hoboken, N.J. this Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd. The Panthers will meet Carleton of Minnesota in one game at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, while the host school meets Johns Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. The sectional final is slated for 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, with a trip to the final four on the line.

Middlebury enters the weekend with an overall record of 7-4-4 in NCAA Tournament play, twice falling on penalty kicks. The Panthers picked up tournament wins in '96 and '00, before going 4-0-1 en route to the 2007 NCAA Championship. Middlebury earned a 1-0-1 mark in this year's NCAA Regional, earning a tie with Framingham State (4-1 win in PK's), before beating Norwich 1-0.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after falling to Amherst in the NESCAC Championship game. The Panthers have 14 wins this season, second only in school history to last year's 18 wins by the NCAA title team. Middlebury has 13 shutouts on the season and allow a mere 0.35 goals/game. Head coach David Saward, now in his 24th year, sports a career record of 265-85-39 (.731) entering the weekend.

Middlebury opened the season with a nine-game winning streak, with a 1-1 tie against Wesleyan on September 20th. The Panthers dropped a 1-0 game to Bates before going on a six-game unbeaten streak prior to the loss to Amherst in the NESCAC title game.

Middlebury earned a pair of shutout wins as they hosted an NCAA Regional last weekend on campus. Along with last year's five NCAA Tournament shutouts, the Panthers have not allowed a goal in their last seven NCAA Tournament games, a span of 690 minutes. The team's last NCAA tourney goal allowed was in a 2-1 loss to St. Lawrence back in '06.

Middlebury leads the NESCAC this season with just 0.35 goals allowed per game, while the Panther offense is fifth with 1.47 goals/game. Rookie forward Tyler Macnee leads the team in scoring with 12 goals in 19 games in '08, to go along with a pair of assists. He is second in the NESCAC with .63 goals/game, while ranking fifth with 1.37 points/game. Junior Andrew Banadda and sophomore Brooks Farrar are next with three goals apiece this season. Senior Baer Fisher paces the squad with six assists in '08, followed by sophomore Carson Cornbrooks with three. Senior Corey Moffat leads the Middlebury defense.

Brian Bush has enjoyed another solid season in goal for the Panthers, leading the NESCAC with a 0.36 goals against average and a .877 save percentage. Bush has 11 shutouts on the season and 25 for his career, a new Middlebury record.

2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Sectional

Saturday, November 22nd - Stevens Institute (Hoboken, N.J.)
Middlebury (14-2-3) vs. Carleton (17-1-3) - 5:00 p.m.
Johns Hopkins (13-5-4) vs. Stevens (18-2-2) -7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 23rd - Stevens Institute (Hoboken, N.J.)
Sectional Final - 6:00 p.m.