Men's Soccer Battles Williams To Scoreless Tie
October 26, 2011
Middlebury and Williams battled through 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in the NESCAC regular season finale for both teams. The fourth-seeded Ephs (8-3-3, 5-2-3) have earned a quarterfinal home game and will host #5 Tufts on Saturday, while the #7 Panthers (7-3-4, 3-3-4) will visit #2 Wesleyan.
Middlebury controlled the pace for much of regulation, owning an 11-1 shots advantage in the first half. The Panthers had an opportunity just four minutes into the game, but Tyler Macnee’s header missed just wide after a cross from Martin Drolet. Another chance came on a free kick by Jack Freeman in the eighth minute, with a header by Alex Colucci and a flurry in the goal area being cleared away. Graham Knisley was denied with a diving header in the 33rd minute, as Than Finan made a diving save.
Scoreless into the second session, Middlebury continued to pressure, but could not get on the board. A shot by Matt Martin in the 54th minute went wide, while Jon Portman’s effort in the late minutes was stopped by Finan.
Williams had an opportunity early in the first overtime as User Kushaina carried the ball into the box. Middlebury keeper Tim Cahill came out to deny the chance as the ball was later cleared away by Tyler Smith. The Panthers answered with a few chances in the overtime periods, but could not find the back of the net as they settled for a scoreless tie.
Middlebury held a 19-6 advantage in shots, and a 13-2 margin in corner kicks. Cahill finished with three saves, while Finan had seven.