Panther men’s soccer wins at home, but loses at Amherst, 1-0
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team split a pair of recent games, losing a road NESCAC contest on Saturday before winning a non-league tilt on Tuesday. The Panthers are 4-1, 1-1 in NESCAC play heading into a Saturday game at Bowdoin.
On Saturday, the Panthers surrendered a goal to host Amherst 27 seconds into play, and the Jeffs, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division III, made it stand up for a 1-0 victory. That remains the only goal the Panthers have allowed this fall.
On the Jeffs’ first attack, Andrew Orozco’s header from the left side of the box found Christopher Martin near the six-yard line. Martin sent a header into the top right corner of the net out of Panther goalkeeper Greg Sydor’s reach for the game’s only goal.
After a first half in which the Purple and White outshot Middlebury, 10-2, the second half featured eight shots apiece.
Middlebury’s best chance to even the score came with about 10 minutes left as the Panthers applied heavy pressure. Adam Glaser put a cross near the center of the six-yard line, but Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Bull and his defenders cleared the ball following a scramble.
The Jeffs held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Bull made four saves, and Sydor stopped seven shots.
On Tuesday, Glaser picked up two goals and two assists as the Panthers defeated host Colby-Sawyer, 6-0. The Chargers dropped to 3-5.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on Glaser’s first goal, set up by Greg Conrad. In the 17th minutes, Glaser assisted Daniel O’Grady’s first career goal. About three minutes later, Deklan Robinson tapped in a corner kick inside the far post. A minute later, Glaser converted an O’Grady cross at 20:45.
The Panthers tallied their fifth goal of the first half when Robinson headed in a cross by Tom Dils at 37:14.
The hosts recorded their sixth goal at 49:43, an unassisted effort from Conrad.
Middlebury held advantages in both shots (21-4) and corner kicks (7-2). Sydor played the first half in goal for the Panthers with one save, while Jeremy Yeager logged the final 45:00 with a save.