Men's Soccer Settles for 1-1 Draw at Colby

Daniel O'Grady converted a first-half penalty kick.
Daniel O'Grady converted a first-half penalty kick.

After 110 minutes of soccer, Middlebury (3-2-2, 2-2-1) settled for a 1-1 tie at Colby (3-3-2, 1-2-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers return to action with a contest at UMaine-Farmington on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 21:48 mark of the contest when Daniel O'Grady converted a penalty kick. The goal was the first of the year for the Panther midfielder.

The hosts tied the game 10:32 into the second half when Lucas Pereira found Cam Cloude for the equalizer.

The game remained at 1-1 in the first overtime when the Mules had a great chance to score. Nicholas Lemire's shot hit the crossbar 5:53 into the extra session, before Asa Berolzheimer's bid was denied by Panther keeper Matthew Hyer.

Colby had another opportunity late in the second overtime, but Hyer denied a shot by Garrett Dickey, just tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Middlebury doubled up Colby in shots with a 16-8 advantage, as well as a sizable 13-2 lead in corner kicks. Hyer finished with three saves in the game, while Dan Carlson made nine stops for the hosts.

The match served as the annual Michael P. Russell Memorial Cup contest. This cup was established in memory of Michael Russell, who graduated from Middlebury in 1998. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 36, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. Michael had siblings attend both Middlebury (Steve) and Colby (Chris), thus setting up the annual contest between the schools.