Middlebury Slips Past Plymouth State

Fazl Shaikh tallied two shots on goals during Sunday's win.
Fazl Shaikh tallied two shots on goals during Sunday's win.

The Middlebury men's soccer team utilized an own goal from Plymouth State with 5:18 left in regulation, lifting the hosts to a 1-0 win on Sunday. Middlebury (6-3-0) travels to third-ranked Tufts on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., while Plymouth State (2-7-0) hosts Norwich on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

In the opening stanza, a majority of the play happened in the Middlebury offensive half but the hosts were unable to find the back of the Plymouth State net. The best scoring chance for the hosts came in the 39th minute when Fazl Shaikh rifled a knuckling shot from 15 yards away that Plymouth State goalie Linus Lindeberg made a diving save to his right on the attempt. Middlebury outshot Plymouth State by a 14-0 count in the opening half.

After the intermission, the visitors had their best scoring opportunity in the 50th minute when Dan Shaw headed a cross just wide to the left of the Middlebury goal.

The hosts continued to keep the pressure on Plymouth State, scoring the lone goal at 84:48. Drew Goulart worked the ball up the left side of the pitch, crossing it along the end line before it was tapped in by a Plymouth State defender.

For the match, Middlebury held a 23-2 advantage in shots and an 8-1 edge in corner kicks. Jeremy Yeager (6-3-0) didn't need to record a save for his fourth shutout of the season, while Lindeberg (2-4-0) tallied nine stops for the visitors.