The Middlebury men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to St. Joseph's (Maine) at an NCAA Regional hosted by Amherst. The Panthers end their season with a 10-4-3 mark, while the Monks improve to 21-0 and will play the hosts on Sunday.
Middlebury had a good chance early, but Aidan Robinson's shot hit the crossbar and was cleared away by the St. Joseph's defenders. The Panthers had a good chance in the 35th minute, but a sliding touch by Peter Davis was saved by Monk keeper Blake Mullen.
St. Joeseph's went on top 1-0 at the 35:50 mark with a goal from Noah Robinson. After a throw in, the ball was headed into the box by Quinn Hewitt, before Robinson volleyed a shot into the bottom left-hand corner.
Middlebury's Michael McFarlane had a good look on goal in the 69th minute, but his blast from 20 yards out was saved by Mullen. Davis nearly tied the game with 14 minutes left, but his header went just wide on a set piece from 35 yards out.
The Panthers tied the game at the 78:01 mark with a tally from Daniel O'Grady. Drew Goulart played a pass ahead of O'Grady, who ran on the ball before flicking a quick shot into the far corner of the goal over Mullen. The tally was his fifth of the season and just the second given up by the Monks this year.
The tie lasted less than seven minutes as St. Joseph's scored the game-winner with 5:06 left to play. A great free kick from 45 yards out by Dalton Gaumer has headed in by Quinn Hewitt in the box.
Goulart had a late shot on goal, but Mullen made a diving save to preserve the win.
Middlebury held a 15-7 advantage in shots for the game and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Matthew Hyer finished with a pair of saves, while Mallen made seven stops for the Monks.