Middlebury's Brandon Reid netted his first collegiate goal in the 70th minute on Sunday, lifting the Middlebury men's soccer team to a 1-0 NESCAC road win at Wesleyan. Middlebury (7-4-0, 3-4-0) returns to action when it hosts Castleton on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
In the scoreless opening half, the Panthers nearly got on the scoreboard first in the 10th minute when Fazl Shaikh hit the crossbar on a shot from the right from 23 yards away.
The Cardinals greatest scoring chance happened in the 36th minute when a blast from the left side 10 yards away by James Schubauer sailed just high over the Panther crossbar.
After the intermission, the Panthers had a great scoring chance in the 51st minute when a shot by Ben Potter went just wide to the right. Continuing to keep the pressure in the offensive end, the Panthers broke through in the 70th minute. Reid maneuvered past Wesleyan goalie Brian Harnett, who came off his goal line to challenge a ball that was sent forward. Reid won the ball with a defender on his back, sending a shot into the open net from eight yards out.
For the match, Middlebury held a 17-7 advantage in shots. Jeremy Yeager (7-4-0) needed just one save for his fifth shutout of the season, while Harnett (4-4-1) tallied eight stops for the hosts.