Men's Soccer Advances To NESCAC Title Game
November 6, 2010
Middlebury advanced to its fifth-straight NESCAC Championship game with a 2-0 win over Amherst in a conference semifinal played at Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers improve to 13-3-0 and will look to capture the program's third NESCAC title when they battle the host Polar Bears on Sunday at noon. Amherst will hope for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid after falling to 11-2-3 with the setback.
The Panthers used a goal in each half to put away the Jeffs. After a scoreless opening half-hour, Middlebury's Jake Edwards fed Tyler Macnee with a free kick. Macnee gathered the ball in the box, turned and blasted a shot that ricocheted off an Amherst defender and spun into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at 33:20. The goal briefly gave Macnee the team-lead with five on the season. Middlebury doubled its lead in the second half when a nifty cross from Rob Cole found a streaking Otis Pitney for a header at 63:10. Pitney's fifth marker of the year tied him with Macnee.
That proved to be all Panther keeper Tim Cahill would need, as the he stopped five shots in the victory. Amherst's Lennard Kovacs made a pair of saves in the loss for the Jeffs, who saw their six-game win streak stopped. Amherst's only two losses this season have come at the hands of Middlebury.
The Panthers defeated their NESCAC Championship Game foe Bowdoin on September 25, 2-0, and won the conference crown in both 2000 and 2007.