Men's Soccer Ends Season In NESCAC Quarters
November 2, 2013
The Middlebury men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 3-2 loss at Williams (10-5) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest. The Panthers (9-5-1) enjoyed a much-improved season in ’13, including a five-match winning streak. The Ephs advanced to next weekend’s semifinal round at Amherst.
The Panthers got off to a roaring start, as they scored their first goal less than three minutes into the game. Harper Williams won the ball in the midfield and sent a through ball to Sam Peisch down the right wing. Peisch collected the ball in stride and raced down the sideline, creating enough space to swing a cross into the center of the box, where on-rushing Greg Conrad met the ball with his head, nodding the ball past goalkeeper Peter Morrell. The goal was the fifth of the season for Conrad.
Around the 25th minute the Ephs looked to begin to turn the game around, and it proved true two minutes later when Mohammed Rashid found the back of the net.
The goal came on a counter-attack, as Malcolm Moutenot collected a clearance in the Ephs’ defensive-third and sent a lifted pass up the field to Matt Kastner, who flicked the ball with his head right back into the path of Moutenot. Moutenot raced up the right wing and slid a low ball across the face of the goal to the back post, where Rashid calmly finished.
The Ephs came out in the second half and picked up right where they had left off, managing to score inside five minutes. Kastner laid the ball off to Lima on the right side of the penalty area, where he one-timed a shot into the left corner of the goal past the outstretched arms of the diving Ethan Collins.
The Ephs were not satisfied with just the one-goal lead as they continued to press high for a chance to double the difference.
Their goal came in the 57th minute as Matt Muralles played a lob pass over the back of the defense, which Rashid controlled beautifully with a single touch. He took one more touch before slotting the ball under the right arm of Collins into the bottom-left corner of the net.
The Panthers found their opportunity to pull one back in the 85th minute after a penalty was given against the Ephs for a handball inside the box. H. Williams made no mistake converting the penalty, smashing the ball into the left corner of the net, even though Morrell had guessed the right way.
The Panthers could not score the equalizer in the final 6:04, suffering the 3-2 loss. Williams held a 20-17 shots advantage in the game, and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. Morrell finished with three saves, while Collins made five stops for the Panthers.