Men's Soccer Opens With Win Over Tufts

September 11, 2010

The Middlebury College Panthers opened NESCAC men's soccer action for the 2010 season with a 1-0 victory at Tufts University on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field. The game was the first in the head coaching tenure of Tufts' Josh Shapiro, a 1997 Middlebury graduate.

Middlebury held an advantage in play for the first half and was rewarded with the only goal of the game in the 35th minute. A free kick by junior Robbie Redmond was headed by junior Tyler Macnee and the ball got up over the reach of Tufts junior keeper Alan Bernstein.

Middlebury finished the first 45 minutes with advantages of 7-4 in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks. Bernstein and Panthers junior goalie Tim Cahill both made just one save each in the first half.

With Shapiro using 18 players in the game, the Jumbos maintained their energy and were more equal with their opponents in the second half. Both Bernstein and Cahill saved four shots in the second half, but neither team managed to put a serious scoring attempt on goal during the frame.

The Panthers recorded a 9-7 second-half edge in shots to finish with a 16-11 margin for the game. An even 3-3 tally in corner kicks for the second half gave Middlebury a 7-4 final total.

Cahill's shutout was the seventh of his career, finishing with five saves. Bernstein, making his second career start, also finished with five stops. Macnee was most active offensive player for Middlebury with four shots, while Tufts' Ron Coleman put two shots on target.