Middlebury and Wesleyan Finish in a Scoreless Draw

Middlebury and Wesleyan Finish in a Scoreless Draw

The Middlebury men's soccer team battled Wesleyan for 110 minutes as the teams came away in a scoreless tie on Saturday in the NESCAC opener for both programs. The Panthers (1-0-1, 0-0-1) continue conference play next Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. contest at Bowdoin.

After the Cardinals (0-0-1, 0-0-1) recorded the initial two shots of the game, Middlebury countered with two potential scoring opportunities. The first chance came with 12:15 expired when the Panthers had a goal waived off due to an offsides, while 10 minutes later, Ben Potter fired a free kick from the top of the penalty area off the cross bar.

In the opening minutes of the second stanza, Wesleyan's Lucas Kimball rushed up the right side, but his scoring bid sailed high of the Middlebury net. The Cardinals had another good scoring chance midway through the frame, when Tucker Kelsch's header from inside the penalty area went just over the cross bar.

With 16 minutes left in regulation, Wesleyan keeper Liam Devanny made a diving save to his right to rob Jack Spiridellis of a score. The goalie followed that up with another point-blank range stop on Noah Hannam's rebound attempt.

The Cardinals had only two shots in the first 10-minute overtime with each scoring bid not getting through the Middlebury defense. In the second OT, Wesleyan's Mike Gallo had the lone chance with a shot that went left of the net, as the contest ended in a scoreless draw.

In goal for the Panthers, Ryan Grady made three saves in the initial 68:50, while Marco Kaper didn't face a shot in the final 41:10. Devanny collected six stops for the Cardinals.

Middlebury held a narrow 14-13 edge in shots, while Wesleyan took eight of the game's nine corner kicks.