Middlebury Edges #11 Connecticut College 2-1 In Overtime

Liam Sloan tallied the game-winning goal in overtime.
Liam Sloan tallied the game-winning goal in overtime.

Middlebury's Liam Sloan converted a penalty kick with 6:25 remaining in overtime, lifting the Panthers to a 2-1 home NESCAC triumph over #11 Connecticut College. Middlebury (5-0-2, 2-0-2) faces another ranked opponent on Sunday at No. 2 Amherst at 2:30 p.m., while the Camels (5-1-1, 2-1-1) take on Williams at 2:00 p.m.

Middlebury pressed right from the opening kickoff, as Brandon Reid hit a rising shot from the left side with 10 seconds expired that Camel keeper AJ Marcucci snared. Just over a minute later, the hosts appeared to have taken an early lead, but had a potential goal negated by an offsides call.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 6:50 into the contest when Reid fired a low shot from the left side past a diving Marcucci. Conn. College countered 2:11 later, as Augie Djerdjaj beat a defender and fired a shot inside the right post. The tally ended Middlebury goalie Ryan Grady's streak of not allowing a score at 502:51.

The hosts had a second goal disallowed due to an offside, while the Camels had a chance in the closing seconds when Luke Stoneback's header on a corner sailed high.

Sloan had a good look for the hosts midway through the second frame on a free kick, forcing Marcucci to make a leaping save. Liam Noonan had back-to-back opportunities moments later for the visitors, as his header on a cross from Jack Marvel went just wide and a shot in the penalty area being blocked by a Panther defender.

In overtime, Middlebury's Max Drazen was charging to the net before being taken down in the area, resulting in a penalty kick. Sloan fired a shot to the left side of the net for the game-winning tally.

Grady earned the win in goal for Middlebury with a pair of saves, while Marcucci made three stops for Conn. College. The Camels held a slim 10-6 advantage in shots and took nine of the 10 corner kicks.