Men’s soccer splits two games, will host Colby
LEWISTON, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team split two road games this past weekend, with the loss (to a NESCAC foe) being the team’s first this season. The 6-1-3 (2-1-3 NESCAC) Panthers will host league foe Colby at noon on Saturday.
On this past Saturday host Bates (7-2-1, 3-2-1 NESCAC) scored 37 minutes into the first half and held on for a 1-0 NESCAC victory over the Panthers (5-1-3, 2-1-3).
The Panthers had a good chance to get on the scoreboard in the 25th minute when a Henry Wilhelm header on a corner kick was knocked away by a defender. The Bobcats scored when Bobby Dall headed in an Alec Szwarcewicz cross from the right; the ball glanced off the crossbar and in.
The Panthers’ best surge came midway through the second half, when they shot four times and earned three corner kicks over a span of 4:43. The best opportunity came when Bates goalie David Goodstein saved a Brandon Reid header at the left doorstep in the 63rd minute.
Ryan Grady made four saves for Middlebury, as did Goodstein for Bates. The Bobcats outshot the Panthers, 12-10, while Middlebury took five of the game’s six corner kicks.
On Sunday the Panthers picked up a 5-1 victory at Maine Maritime (6-3-1).
Middlebury got at goal in the 20th minute from Henry Wilhelm, on a Reid rebound, but Maine Maritime knotted the score at 1-1 less than a minute later when Evan Backus redirected a cross. The Panthers regained the lead at 40:08 when Ben Powers headed in a cross from the right by Drew Goulart. The goal was Powers’ first collegiate score.
Early in the second half, the Panthers made the score 3-1 when Brendan Barry netted a feed from Ben Potter. The Panthers added goals from Goulart and Jacob Charles, on a cross from Tanner Hellickson.
Grady made three saves. The Panthers outshot their hosts, 24-8.
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