Men's Soccer Wins NCAA Game

November 13, 2010

Middlebury advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament after a 2-1 victory over Daniel Webster in a first-round match-up at home. The Panthers (14-3-1) will take on William Paterson, a 2-1 winner over Thomas, in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles end their season with a 12-6-1 mark, earning their first NCAA appearance.

Daniel Webster put Middlebury on its heels early, as Alex Jackson netted his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Jackson let a blast go from 40 yards out, that continued to sail up and over the head of Middlebury keeper Tim Cahill for the 1-0 lead.

The Eagles had a chance to make it a 2-0 game at 15:37, but Spencer Bernard's header went just over the crossbar after a feed from Nick Klesh.

Middlebury threatened when Tyler Macnee let a shot go that sailed just over the crossbar after taking a feed from Alex Colucci at the 14:10 mark. Carson Cornbrooks was looking to tie the game in the 36th minute, but his shot was denied by a diving save from Daniel Webster keeper Joe Keene. Jon Portman had a great look with 1:10 to go in the half, but his shot went just wide.

Portman had another chance just 20 seconds later, taking advantage with his second goal of the season. The midfielder ripped a shot that deflected off an Eagle defender and past a diving Keene to tie the game at 1-1 with just 50 seconds left in the half.

Cornbrooks just missed a chance in the 60th minute as his header and follow up were denied after a cross from Edwards. Cornbrooks saw a shot go just over the frame from 25 yards out at 66:34, while Harrison Watkins's header just missed after service from Edwards at 71:27.

Portman struck for the game-winner at 75:54, earning his second of the game and third of the season. The sophomore placed a perfect shot into the upper left corner of the net, letting it go from 23 yards away.

Middlebury ended the game with a 20-4 shots advantage, taking 14 corner kicks while holding the Eagles without one. Cahill earned the win in goal for the Panthers, while Keene finished with seven stops for the Eagles.

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