Men's Soccer Earns Fourth-Straight Shutout

Tom Bean scored his first of the season.
Tom Bean scored his first of the season.

Middlebury earned its fourth-straight shutout victory as the Panthers (4-0-1, 2-0-1) picked up a 2-0 win over Bowdoin (2-3, 1-3) on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury has not allowed a goal since its season-opener, a span of 380:20. The Panthers will travel to Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday, while the Polar Bears host the University of New England.

Bowdoin had a couple of good looks early, but a header by Andrew Jones went high and a quick look by Matt Dias Costa from the box went wide left.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 22:58 mark with the first of the season for Tom Bean. Noah Goss-Woliner served a beautiful corner kick into the box, that Bean redirected with a header into the back of the net.

The Panthers doubled their lead 30:14 into the contest, with the NESCAC-best fifth of the season from Adam Glaser. Greg Conrad made a nice feed to Glaser, who flicked the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net for the 2-0 advantage.

Trailing 2-0, the Polar Bears were hoping to get on the board. In the 79th minute, Dias Costa took a pass from Connor Keefe and dribbled into the box, but his open shot missed high.

The Middlebury defense hung tough down the stretch, keeping the shutout intact as it emerged with a 2-0 win.

Bowdoin held a 9-3 shots advantage in the contest, while Middlebury held a slim 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Greg Sydor made one save to earn his third shutout of the season, while Noah Safian did not make a save on the afternoon.