Men's Soccer With 2OT Win Over Norwich

October 22, 2008

Middlebury's Brooks Farrar scored his first career goal with 43 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Panthers to a 2-1 win over in-state foe Norwich. Allen Bourdon found Farrar with a quick crossing pass from 10 yards out, before he redirected the pass into the back of the net. The Panthers extend their all-time series lead over Norwich to 43-3-4, despite Cadet victories in '01 and '05.

Norwich struck first in the 12th minute as Ryan Boyton broke in all alone. Middlebury keeper Brian Bush came out to meet Boyton, as the ball squirted to the right where Boyton was able to find the back of the net for his 16th tally of the year.

Middlebury had a great chance to tie the came in the 23rd minute, but Tyler Macnee was denied on a breakaway by Norwich keeper Charles Maxwell. Norwich had an opportunity for a two-goal lead late in the half, but Middlebury defender Corey Moffat cleared the ball away as it was heading towards the goal line.

The Panthers tied the game just 2:33 into the second half as Macnee took a crossing feed from Farrar and scored his 10th goal of the season with a blast to the right side.

Farrar nearly gave Middlebury the lead in the 56th minute, as his shot caromed off the crossbar. The Panthers continued to dominate the second half, holding a 12-2 shots advantage, but could not take the lead.

Middlebury's Micah Wood had a great chance in the last minute of the first overtime, as his header hit the crossbar and sailed over the goal. Neither team could find the back of the net in the second overtime, until Farrar's game-winner in the 109th minute.

Bush ended the day with three saves for the Panthers, while Maxwell made eight stops for the Cadets.

Norwich (13-2-1) vs. Middlebury (9)
Date: Oct 22, 2008 Attendance: 275

Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Norwich............. 1 0 0 0 - 1
Middlebury.......... 0 1 0 1 - 2

1. 12:07 NOR Boyton, Ryan (unassisted)
2. 47:33 MIDMS Tyler Macnee (Brooks Farrar)
3. 109:17 MIDMS Brooks Farrar (Allen Bourdon)

Shots: Norwich 8, Middlebury 26
Saves: Norwich 8 (Maxwell, Charles 8), Middlebury 3 (Brian Bush 3)