The Middlebury men’s soccer team tallied a 2-0 mark during a pair of matches last week. The Panthers possessed a 22-2 shot advantage in cruising past visiting Norwich by a 4-0 score Wednesday, and followed it up with a 2-0 shutout Saturday of NESCAC foe and host Connecticut College.
During Wednesday’s action, sophomore Adam Glaser (Washington, D.C.) scored twice and added an assist. The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard early with a goal 13:43 into play. Glaser and teammate sophomore Luis Echeverria (Caracas, Venezuela) connected on a nifty give-and-go just outside the penalty box. Glaser sent a through ball to the foot of Echeverria, who in turn sent a hard shot to the left side of the goal that Norwich goalie Christian Hallstrom got a hand on but deflected in. The score was the first career goal for Echeverria.
Just over 11 minutes later, Middlebury made the score 2-0 following a throw-in from the right side. Sophomore Tim Ogle (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) hurled a long throw into the penalty area that found junior Deklan Robinson (Gloucester, Mass.), who calmly headed it into the back of the net.
Norwich's best chance to score came in the 40th minute. Derek Morin sent a cross from 40 yards out that Middlebury sophomore goalie Greg Sydor (Madison, Conn.) grabbed before a host of Cadets could direct it toward the goal.
The score remained 2-0 in favor of the hosts until the 60th minute. Middlebury sophomore Kirk Horton (San Francisco, Calif.) sent a ball in the air from 30 yards out that found a streaking Glaser down the right side. Glaser sent a nifty one-touch into the top-left corner for his first of the year. Just over six minutes later, Glaser tacked on an unassisted tally on a scramble in front of the goal, making the final score 4-0.
Sydor finished with a pair of saves in goal for the Panthers, while Hallstrom gathered seven saves in 75:42 of action for Norwich. Kevin Taylor played the final 14:18 for the Cadets.
Following a scoreless first half on Saturday against the Camels, Middlebury got on the board 1:54 into the second session with the first goal of his career for Horton. Conrad collected a long throw in and dished the ball off to Horton who was able to beat Austin DaCunha with a 15-yard blast to the far post.
Conrad earned his team-leading third assist of the season just 6:22 later, feeding Glaser, who blasted one home from 10 yards out on the right side. The marker was his team-leading third of the season, as a Conrad interception set up the goal.
The Camels rallied late in the game with some quality chances, but Sydor, who finished with six saves, thwarted the opportunities to earn his second shutout of the season.
Middlebury held a 14-13 edge in shots, while the Camels took 10 corner kicks to just one for the Panthers.
• Men’s soccer record: 2-0-1
• Up next: 9/17 @ Southern Vermont – 4:00, 9/20 vs. Bowdoin – noon