Panther men’s soccer opens with victories
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team opened the season last week with a pair of victories, one at home and one on the road. The Panthers host NESCAC rival Amherst at noon on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Panthers edged host Connecticut, 1-0, in a NESCAC match.
Daniel O’Grady scored the game’s only goal in the 32nd minute for the match’s lone goal. Breaking down the left side, he drew Camel goalkeeper Mark Cameron (six saves) off his line and slid a shot into the back of the net.
Panther goalie Greg Sydor (six saves) preserved the lead with two late saves. With 8:40 to go Camel Pat Devlin struck a bicycle kick from six yards out, but Greg Sydor made the stop. Ben Manoogian also nearly knotted the game in the 68th minute, but Sydor made a point-blank save. Sydor earned his 17th career shutout.
On Sept. 7, the Panthers surrendered a first-half goal to visiting Norwich, but scored four times in a 13:36 span of the second half to prevail, 4-1.
The Panthers took the first seven shots of the contest, but Cadet Jake Zimmerman netted the lone goal of the half in the 24th minute. Greg Zydanowicz’s cross from the right side deflected off a Middlebury player and went directly to Zimmerman, who converted into the far corner for his third goal.
The Panthers pulled even in the 58th minute on a corner kick. Kyle Moffat headed home Adam Glaser’s serve into the Cadet penalty area.
Glaser netted the go-ahead goal on a breakaway about four minutes later after taking a through ball from O’Grady. Philip Skayne made it 3-1 just 2:32 later, one-timing a Glaser cross from the right side.
The Panthers capped the scoring in the 72nd minute, when Tom Dils headed in a corner kick from Drew Goulart.
Glaser’s goal and two assists in the match gave him 79 points for his career, moving him into second place on the Panther scoring list.
Middlebury held a 21-6 edge on shots. Sydor made two saves, and Cadet goalkeeper Ryan Fitzpatrick made four saves.
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