The Middlebury men’s soccer team tallied a 2-0 mark during a pair of matches last week. The Panthers possessed a 38-3 shot advantage on the road, cruising past Southern Vermont by a 4-0 score Wednesday and followed it up with a 2-0 home shutout Saturday of NESCAC foe Bowdoin.
The Middlebury cross country teams hosted their annual home meet as the Panther men and women both captured the Aldrich Invitational. The Middlebury women, ranked third nationally, scored the minimum 15 points in a field of seven teams, while the 12th-ranked men bested a field of seven squads totaling 30 points to runner-up Colby's 47.
Wesleyan held off a late charge by Middlebury as the Cardinals earned a 22-14 win over the Panthers in the season-opener for both teams on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Wesleyan took advantage of 83 yards of penalties whistled against Middlebury and held a 34:21 to 25:39 edge in time of possession. The home loss for the Panthers is their first since October 29th of 2011, a streak of nine games.
Middlebury improved three spots during the second and final day, finishing fourth among 19 teams competing at the two-day Williams Invitational. Rensselaer won the event with a combined score of 598, while the Panthers were one of three teams on day two to shoot under 300 in Sunday's round with a 299 for a total of 604. The event took place at the par-71 Taconic Golf Club.
Despite shaving eight strokes of its day one score, the Middlebury women's golf team moved from second to third at the Mount Holyoke Invitational Tournament. The Panthers finished with a two-day total of 640, including a 316 on day two. Williams won the event with a 623, followed by Ithaca, who shot a 635. Action took place at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
The Middlebury volleyball team posted a 1-1 week during a pair of home matches last week. On Tuesday in the team’s home-opening match, Union edged past the Panthers 3-1, but Middlebury responded with a 3-0 victory over Bates on Saturday in the team’s NESCAC opener.
The Middlebury women’s soccer team posted a 1-1 record during a pair of home matches last week. Middlebury scored a goal in the 80th minute on its way to a 1-0 victory over Plattsburgh State Wednesday on Dragone Field. During Saturday’s NESCAC match with Bowdoin, the Polar Bears scored tallied the game-winner in the 75th minute en route to the 2-1 win.