Middlebury Finishes in Scoreless Draw at Bowdoin

Ryan Grady posted six saves for his second shutout of the season.
Ryan Grady posted six saves for his second shutout of the season.

The Middlebury men's soccer team finished in a scoreless draw Saturday in a NESCAC road contest at Bowdoin. The Panthers have recorded shutouts in all three games and haven't yielded a goal in 310 minutes of game time. Middlebury (1-0-2, 0-0-2) plays its home opener on Tuesday, entertaining Mt. St. Mary's at 4:00 p.m.

The visitors had the first scoring chance for either side in the 16th minute, when Ben Potter jumped on a free ball at the top of the box, but his bid went wide of the left post. The best flurry for the Polar Bears (2-1-1, 0-1-1) came in a span of 1:11, as the hosts earned three corner kicks. The Panthers held their ground with goalie Ryan Grady coming up with a save from the left side from Dylan Reid. That turned out to be the only shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes for either team.

In the second frame, Bowdoin had a prime scoring chance with just over seven minutes expired. Brian Brae took a corner kick and after a volley, the ball was headed out of the goalmouth by a Panther defender. The Polar Bears forced Grady to make a save in the 86th minute when he punched a rising shot from the right side by Justin Miller over the net.

After no shots on goal were generated in the opening 10-minute overtime, the Panthers had a pair in the second session. Jacob LaBranche had his bid from the left post stopped by Bowdoin goalie Chris Kingston in the 106th minute, while Liam Sloan's header two minutes later was also collected by the keeper making it a 0-0 final.

Grady recorded six saves for his second shutout of the fall, while Kingston had two stops for the hosts. Bowdoin held a 15-6 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks.