Men’s soccer settles for split

CLINTON, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team split a pair of NESCAC games this past weekend, rallying to win in double overtime at Hamilton on Sunday, 2-1, after losing at home to Bowdoin on Saturday, 1-0.
The Panthers, 3-2-1 overall and 2-2 in league play, will visit Colby on Saturday.
At Hamilton on Sunday Davis Oudet’s first career goal lifted Middlebury to the double overtime 2-1 victory.
Hamilton (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC) took a 1-0 lead early in the second half when Jefri Schmidt scored on a set piece.
Middlebury’s Henry Wilhelm tied the game with 6:43 left in regulation by redirecting a Raffi Barsamian corner kick.
Oudet’s game-winning tally came with just 1:37 left in the second overtime on a corner kick that followed a play in which he hit the post on a Panther counter. Fazl Shaikh drove the ball from the left side to the near post, and Oudet headed high into the center of the net.
Panther goalie Matthew Hyer made two saves in goal, while Thomas Benson made four stops for Hamilton. Middlebury earned a 21-12 shots advantage.
On Saturday the Panthers fell to Bowdoin despite a 12-5 edge in shots. Bowdoin’s Drake Byrd scored the only goal on a restart with about 11 minutes gone, and Polar Bear goalie made five saves, including big stops on Daniel O’Grady (twice) and Ben Potter, to earn the shutout. Hyer made three saves for Middlebury. Bowdoin improved to 3-3, 1-2 NESCAC.

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