Middlebury

Men's Soccer Tops Hamilton

October 6, 2012

Middlebury made it two straight wins as the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) earned a 2-0 NESCAC victory over Hamilton (3-5-1, 1-5-1) on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury returns to action on Sunday at Connecticut College, while Hamilton hosts Ithaca on Tuesday.

Middlebury struck just 7:11 into the game with the first of his career for Harper Williams. Dan Skayne started the play with a blast from 18 yards out on a restart. The shot was saved by Eric Boole (3 saves) before Williams pounced on the rebound and finished.

Hamilton had a great chance to tie the game in the 22nd minute, but Daniel Tempest’s shot from point-blank range was denied by Panther keeper Zach Abdu-Glass. Late in the half, Middlebury’s Ben Tabah played a nice through ball to Brandon Robinson, but his low hard shot was stopped by Boole.

In the second half, the Continentals had another opportunity to tie the game, but a low skipping shot in the 68th minute from Hennie Bosman was denied with a great save by Abdu-Glass.

Middlebury gained some breathing room down the stretch with the first career goal from Skayne. The goal was very similar to the first, this time with Williams’ original shot being saved before Skayne put away the rebound at the 72:07 mark.

Hamilton looked to break up the shutout late, but Griffin Abbott’s shot hit the crossbar and went out of bounds in the 81st minute.

Middlebury ended with a slight 11-8 edge in shots, as Abdu-Glass finished with four saves to earn the shutout.

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