The Middlebury men’s soccer team split a pair of of matches last week. On Tuesday, the Panthers tied a program record with 10 goals scored in a 10-0 road victory at Green Mountain at Eagles Game Field. Staying on the road, a goal just 27 seconds into Saturday’s match proved to be the difference in a 1-0 setback to #10 Amherst at Hitchcock Field.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Middlebury 10-goal output, including nine scores in the opening 45 minutes, ties a team record set on October 23, 1976 in a match against St. Michael's. In the win, a total of 12 Panthers recorded at least one point.
Middlebury dominated play in the opening minutes, striking for an early goal scoring in the third minute of play. Junior Adam Glaser (Washington, D.C.) scored his first of the year off a setup from senior Tyler Bonini (Avon, Conn.). Green Mountain had no answer for the Panther attack, as the visitors quickly added four more goals over a span of 9:23.
Sophomore Enzo Wiener (Park City, Utah), junior Greg Conrad (Peabody, Mass.) and Glaser each scored an unassisted marker before Conrad connected with junior Tom Bean (Waukee, Iowa), who netted his second of the year at the 9:18 mark to make it a 5-0 lead.
Middlebury tallied four more goals before the 25-minute mark to give them a 9-0 lead that they took into the halftime break.
After the half, the visitors continued to value possession in the Eagles' half being selective in their shots on net. Following an offside call against Middlebury, the Panthers kept the pressure up as the duo of junior Luis Echeverria (Caracas, Venezuela) and classmate Tom Dils (Williamstown, Mass.) connected during the ensuing play to record the final goal of the match.
The Eagles nearly put one in in the 78th minute off a strike from Victor Gollub, but Panther junior keeper Duncan Piper (Etna, N.H.) just managed to deflect the shot off the cross bar and over to preserve the shutout.
Middlebury held a 20-8 shot advantage over the Eagles and an 11-2 edge in corner kicks.
Junior Greg Sydor (Madison, Conn.) picked up his third win of the season without facing a shot in the opening 11:55. He was replaced by Piper, who made six saves and kept the Panthers' shutout streak alive with a clean sheet over 78:05 of action. Taking the loss in front of the net for the Eagles was Samuel Nichols, who recorded six saves.
On Saturday, the 10th-ranked Jeffs were on the offensive as soon as the whistle blew Saturday and immediately brought the ball into the visitor's end. Just seconds into regulation, Andrew Orozco's header from the left side of the box found Christopher Martin near the six-yard line before he sent a header into the top right corner of the net, out of Sydor's reach, to put the Jeffs up early, 1-0.
The Purple & White had an opportunity to increase their lead with just over 19 minutes remaining in regulation, when Jackson Lehnhart sent a header to Greg Singer inside the 18-yard line, but his attempt was saved. Minutes later, Amherst had another strong chance that was derailed by Sydor, who made a spectacular diving save following a shot by Luke Nguyen that could have put the home team up by two.
After a one-sided first half in which the Purple & White outshot Middlebury 10-2, the second half featured an even contest with eight shots a piece.
In the 70th minute, Singer received a pass inside the 18 and had a clear attempt on net, but Sydor got a finger on the ball to redirect the shot out of bounds.
Middlebury's best chance to even the score occurred just minutes later as the Panthers applied heavy pressure offensively. Glaser pulled in a cross near the center of the six-yard line, directly in front of Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Bull, who deflected the shot to maintain the lead. Following a scrum in front of net, the home team eventually cleared it.
The Purple & White held on to defeat the Panthers as they outshot the visitor's 18-10, and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Bull recorded his fourth shutout in as many appearances, and made four saves. Sydor stopped seven shots in a losing effort.
• Men’s soccer record: 3-1-0
• Up next: 9/22 vs. Colby-Sawyer – 4:00 p.m., 9/26 at Bowdoin – 11:30 a.m.