Men's Soccer To Host NCAA Regional - Watch Live!
November 10, 2008
The Middlebury College men's soccer team will make its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host an NCAA Regional on campus. The Panthers will take on Framingham State at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15th, while Norwich meets Clark in the second contest at 1:30 p.m. The winners meet in the regional final on Sunday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students. All three games will be video webcast at www.d3cast.com.
Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 6-4-3 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 its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after falling to Amherst in the NESCAC Championship game. The Panthers have 13 wins for the fifth time in school history, second only to the school record of 18 set a year ago. The Panthers have nine shutouts on the season and allow a mere 0.40 goals/game. Head coach David Saward, now in his 24th year, sports a career record of 264-85-38 (.731) entering the weekend.
Middlebury opened the season with a nine-game winning streak, with a 1-1 tie vs. 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 last Sunday.
Middlebury led the NESCAC this season with just 0.40 goals allowed per game, while the Panther offense was sixth with 1.59 goals/game. Rookie forward Tyler Macnee leads the team in scoring with 12 goals in 17 games in '08, to go along with a pair of assists. He is second in the NESCAC with .71 goals/game, while ranking third with 1.53 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 this season, 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 0.40 goals against average, ranking second with a .873 save percentage. Bush has nine shutouts on the season and 23 for his career, putting him second all-time at Middlebury.
2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Regional
Saturday, November 15th -
Framingham St. (16-3-1) vs. Middlebury (13-2-2) - 11:00 a.m.
Clark (11-4-2) vs. Norwich (17-2-1) - 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16th -
Regional Final - 1:00 p.m.