Middlebury's Brandon Reid scored the game's only goal 4:07 into overtime, as the fifth-seeded Panthers (11-5) edged fourth-seeded Connecticut College 1-0 Saturday in a NESCAC Quarterfinal. Middlebury advances to the conference's semifinals, where they will face third-seeded Bowdoin at Tufts next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., while the top-seeded Jumbos will take on seventh-seeded Hamilton at 11:00 a.m. The winners meet on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. for the NESCAC Championship.
The opening 45 minutes were close throughout, with the Camels holding a slim 4-3 edge in shots. The Panthers had a quality opportunity midway through the half, on a free kick along the end line just outside of the penalty area. Drew Goulart served the ball toward the front of the net, but a Conn. College defender was able to clear the ball from harm's way.
In the third minute of the second half, Middlebury had another good chance with a set piece on the top-left corner of the penalty area. Jed Sass took the kick for the Panthers, but his rising shot went high of the net.
The Camels made a bid for the game's initial goal in the 77th minute as Liam Noonan fired a shot from the top of the penalty area that was blocked. He collected the rebound for a second bid that Panther goalie Jeremy Yeager made a diving save on. Middlebury quickly transitioned the ball up the field as Reid's shot went wide and the teams went into overtime scoreless.
The Panthers notched the deciding goal less than five minutes into overtime, as Goulart sprung Reid on a partial breakaway. Reid fought off a defender and chipped the ball over Camel keeper A.J. Marcucci into the upper third of the net from close range. Reid has three goals this season, with each of them being game winners, tying him for the league lead.
Yeager made four saves for his NESCAC-best ninth shutout of the season, eight of them by 1-0 scores. Marcucci had four stops for Conn. College as the hosts held a 13-9 advantage in shots and took all seven corner kicks.