Connecticut College scored two first-half goals, holding on for a 2-1 win over Middlebury (1-1, 0-1) in the team's home-opener on South Street Field. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they host Colby-Sawyer at 3:00 p.m., while the Camels (2-0, 1-0) visit Salem State on Tuesday.
Middlebury had a great chance to score in the game's second minute, but Kyle Moffat's shot was denied by Camel keeper A.J. Marcucci, before a rebound attempt by Ben Potter went wide. Panther Peter Davis nearly put his team on top in the ninth minute, but his header on a set play was saved.
Conn. College went up 1-0 at the 32:06 mark on an own goal as a Panther attempted to head the ball away from the box after keeper Jeremy Yeager had come out to play the ball.
The Camels struck again less than five minutes later when Justin Miranda scored his first of the year at the 36:55 mark. Miranda dribbled the ball to himself on the right side 15 yards out and fired a shot inside the left post.
In the second half, Middlebury had a nice opportunity in the 55th minute after Potter freed himself with a couple of nice moves before his shot at the far post was denied by a diving Marcucci. Drew Goulart followed with a header moments later, but Marcucci punched the attempt away.
Middlebury broke through at the 56:44 mark with the first of the year from Goulart. He sent a hard shot on goal 15 yards out near the left goal line, before it tipped a defender and found the back of the net.
The Camels nearly made it a two-goal game in the 84th minute, but Christian Murphy's hard shot was saved by Yeager. The rebound came to Chris Lockwood, who had a really good look at the net, but his attempt went wide right.
The Panthers had a few late opportunities, but could not score the equalizer as the Camels held on for the win.
Middlebury held a 14-11 shots advantage in the game, while Conn. College held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Marcucci made 11 stops to pick up the win, while Yeager earned three saves for the Panthers.