Ninth-ranked Amherst tied the game with just 20 seconds left, earning a 1-1 road tie at Middlebury on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers (0-0-1, 0-0-1) took the lead in the 80th minute, but could not hold on. Middlebury returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Norwich at 4:30, while Amherst (1-0-1, 0-0-1) visits Bowdoin on Saturday.
Jae Heo had a good look for the Jeffs in the 27th minute, but his shot from inside the box was saved by Greg Sydor (7 saves). Middlebury thought it had taken the lead late in the first half, but a goal was waved off due to a hand-ball infraction. After taking a feed from Enzo Wiener, Greg Conrad drove to the box and worked around his defender before his blast went in off the hand of a teammate.
Amherst keeper Thomas Bull (6 saves) made a big stop early in the second half, denying a great chance in the 47th minute. Greg Singer of Amherst just missed with a header after a cross from Heo in the 72nd minute as the game remained scoreless.
Middlebury could not take advantage of a pair of corner kicks a minute later, but cashed in at the 80:25 mark. A lengthy throw from the right sideline by Tim Ogle bounced in the goal mouth, before deflecting off an Amherst defender who was trying to clear the ball.
With time ticking down, a throw-in from the left side found its way into the box before being flicked off the head of Milton Rico into the center of the box. Gabriel Wirtz blasted a one-time shot out of the air and into the right side of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
Middlebury had the best look in the extra sessions, but Bull made a quick save to deny a blast from Noah Goss-Woliner that deflected off a defender.
Amherst held a 13-11 shots advantage in the game, with Middlebury owning a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.