Jeffs Knocked Out of NESCAC Championship by Middlebury, 2-0


Courtesy of Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Middlebury College men's soccer team advanced to its fifth-straight NESCAC Championship title game with a 2-0 win over Amherst College in a conference semifinal played at Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers improve to 13-3-0 and will look to capture the program's third NESCAC title when they battle the host Polar Bears Sunday at noon. Amherst will hope for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid after falling to 11-2-3 with the setback.

The Panthers used a goal in each half to put away the Jeffs. After a scoreless opening half-hour, Middlebury's Jake Edwards fed Tyler Macnee with a free kick. Macnee gathered the ball in the box, turned and blasted a shot that ricocheted off an Amherst defender and spun into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at 33:20. Middlebury doubled its lead in the second period when a nifty cross from Rob Cole found a streaking Otis Pitney for a header at 63:10.

That proved to be all Panther goaltender Tim Cahill would need, as the junior netminder stopped five shots in the victory. Amherst's Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made a pair of saves in the loss for the Jeffs, who saw their six-game win streak stopped. Amherst's only two losses this season have come at the hands of Middlebury.

Middlebury held a 12-9 edge in shots, including a 4-1 advantage in the second half. Amherst took three corner kicks in the first period but did not attempt any in the second.