Men's Soccer Opens With Win Over Tufts

September 12, 2009

The Middlebury men's soccer team opened up its season with a win for the seventh straight year, as the Panthers earned a 1-0 shutout victory over Tufts. Middlebury will have little time to rest as they return to action on Sunday at 1:00 when the host UMaine-Fort Kent.

Middlebury had a solid scoring opportunity late in the first half, but rookie Adam Batista was denied from close range by Tufts' keeper Pat Tonelli. The Panthers had a few chances in the second half, but could only cash in once, on Tyler Macnee's game-winner in the 50th minute. Macnee broke in all alone and struck a ball over the shoulder of Tonelli into the back of the net from 15 yards out. That would be the game's only tally as the Panthers picked up the shutout victory.

Tonelli ended the day with a pair of saves for the Jumbos as Tim Cahill earned the shutout in his first career start for the Panthers.

Tufts (0-1) vs. Middlebury (1-0)
Date: Sep 12, 2009 Attendance: 325

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Tufts............... 0 0 - 0
Middlebury.......... 0 1 - 1

1. 50:20 MIDMS Tyler Macnee (unassisted)

Shots: Tufts 1, Middlebury 5
Saves: Tufts 2 (Pat Tonelli 2), Middlebury 0 (Ryan Cahill 0)