Middlebury

Men's Soccer With NESCAC Win Over Bates

October 25, 2009

Middlebury picked up a 3-1 win over Bates in a game which was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was rescheduled to Sunday morning and relocated to the artificial turf field of Yarmouth High School due to heavy rains and unsuitable playing conditions on Russell Street Field at Bates.

With the win, Middlebury captured the Reynolds Cup, which is named in honor of the late Thomas Hedley Reynolds, who passed away last month. Reynolds was President Emeritus of Bates College and, earlier in his life, Dean of Students at Middlebury College. The teams have honored him for his service and involvement with men's soccer by playing for the Reynolds Cup since 1990. Both teams and spectators remembered Reynolds with a moment of silence prior to the contest.

Middlebury (7-4-2 overall, 3-3-2 NESCAC) got on the scoreboard first, as Stephen Hart found Tyler Macnee 10 yards in front of the goal in the 17th minute, and Macnee placed the ball in the right corner to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers scored again just before halftime, when Jake Edwards received a pass from Carson Cornbrooks, outraced a defender and scored inside the right post in the 42nd minute of the contest.

Bates (3-8-2 overall, 0-7-1 NESCAC) cut the lead to 2-1 in the 62nd minute when Ethan Hirshberg scored his fourth goal of the season. Hirshberg was assisted by Patrick King, who led him with a pass towards the left post. Hirshberg controlled the ball, beat his defender and knocked the ball past Tim Cahill and into the right corner, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Middlebury gained an insurance goal in the 74th minute of play when Harrison Watkins headed a corner kick into the far left corner of the goal off the corner kick of Edwards. The 3-1 cushion stood for the rest of the contest.

Middlebury outshot Bates 19-11 while posting a 10-3 advantage in the second half.

Bobcat goalie Greg Watts made seven saves, while his Panther counterpart, Cahill, recorded two saves.