Men's Soccer Splits a Pair of Road Matches

Kirk Horton scored twice in Wednesday's win.
Kirk Horton scored twice in Wednesday's win.

The Middlebury men’s soccer team split a pair of road matches last week. The Panthers scored a trio of goals in the final 30 minutes on their way to a 3-0 non-conference victory Wednesday over Colby-Sawyer. The tables were turned during Saturday’s NESCAC match with Colby, as the Mules scored three times in the second stanza and handed the Panthers their first loss of the season, 3-0.

Middlebury’s victory on Wednesday was its fifth straight via shutout, giving the team a streak of 470:20 without allowing a goal.

The match was scoreless until 60:20 when sophomore Kirk Horton (San Francisco, Calif.) was able to control the ball in traffic inside the box. Horton put home his second goal of the season into the left corner of the net.

Five minutes later, a Colby-Sawyer player was sent off, giving the visitors an 11 on 10 advantage over the final 25 minutes.

Middlebury took advantage of the man-up opportunity in the 74th minute. Sophomore Adam Glaser (Washington, D.C.) found the foot of teammate senior Noah Goss-Woliner (Waitsfield, Vt.) as he entered the scoring area. Goss-Woliner one-touched the ball toward the left side of the goal where it hit the post and went in.

Goss-Woliner was involved in Middlebury's third goal 2:33 later. He sent a corner kick into the box where Horton headed the ball into the back of the net for his second of the game.

Colby-Sawyer's best chance came with 3:35 left in the match. Alex Ortega took a free kick from outside of the box and ripped the ball toward the goal. Middlebury sophomore keeper Greg Sydor (Madison, Conn.) jumped to his right with an outstretched arm, just far enough to deflect the ball up and over the crossbar.

Sydor earned his fifth victory of the season with the one spectacular save, while Colby-Sawyer goalie Nick Austin finished with 12 stops.

Middlebury finished the contest with a 31-4 edge in shots and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.

On Saturday against the Mules, Middlebury saw its shutout streak snapped at five matches. The Mules' goal at the 70:08 mark ended a streak of 540:28 for the Panthers without allowing a marker.

Colby's first goal actually came from Middlebury when a cross by Matt Giron was knocked in by a defender. After not scoring in its first three league games, Colby gladly took the score and some momentum.

About seven minutes later, Yinka Onayemi headed in a cross from Matt Ayers for the key insurance goal 77:12 into the contest.

With Middlebury pushing up, the Mules were able to get a third goal on the second of the day from Onayemi. Evan Dwyer got his first collegiate point with the assist on the play.

Colby goalkeeper Peter Quayle recorded the shutout with eight saves in a game where Middlebury had a 16-10 shot advantage. Sydor made a pair of saves for the Panthers.

The victor of the game is awarded the Michael P. Russell Cup, which was established in memory of Michael Russell, Middlebury College class of 1998, who passed away in 2011 at the young age of 36, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. Michael had siblings attend both Middlebury and Colby, setting up the tradition.

• Men’s soccer record: 5-1-1
• Up next: 10/1 @ Williams – 4:15, 10/4 vs. Tufts – 2:30