Men’s Soccer Suffers 1-0 Setback to Middlebury

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett made a game-high eight saves for the Wesleyan University men's soccer team on Sunday, but freshman Brandon Reid notched his first collegiate goal for Middlebury during a 1-0 triumph at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.

 HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Reid tallied the game-winning marker for the Panthers (7-4-0, 3-4-0 NESCAC) during the 70th minute, as she was able to maneuver his way around Harnett and sent a shot into the empty net.
  • Middlebury opened the game with all the momentum, as sophomore Fazl Shaikh sent a rocket just wide right in the fifth minute. The Scarsdale, N.Y. native then sent a drive from distance on the right attacking side off the crossbar in the 10th minute.
  • During the 36th minute, Cardinals senior midfielder Garrett Hardesty sent a pass to freshman forward James Schubauer, who sent a shot over the top of the bar from the left edge of the 18-yard box.
  • Senior defender Taylor Chin made an outstanding sliding tackle for Wesleyan (5-4-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC) in the 57th minute, preventing a top-notch scoring opportunity for Reid on the right side of the penalty box.
  • Harnett kept the Cardinals within striking distance with high-caliber saves on attempts by sophomores Kieran Bhave and Drew Goulart in the 75th and 77th minutes, respectively.
  • The Cardinals and Panthers have faced off in some postseason games over the last few years, with Wesleyan outlasting Middlebury during penalty kicks in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament in 2015. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 NESCAC Tournament, thanks to a penalty-kick triumph over the Cardinals.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Middlebury held a 17-7 advantage in shots, with an 8-2 lead in the first half and a 9-5 edge in the second.
  • Sophomore Ben Potter tallied a game-high four shots for the visitors, with Goulart and Shaikh contributing with three apiece. The Cardinals received one-shot performances from seven different players.
  • Panthers senior goalkeeper Jeremy Yeager (7-4-0) claimed the win, making one save, while Harnett (4-4-1) was tagged with the loss.
  • Wesleyan attempted seven corner kicks and the visitors were awarded six, with seven fouls being called on Middlebury and Wesleyan getting whistled for five infractions. The hosts were also issued one yellow card.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will compete in a crucial NESCAC battle on Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Trinity (Conn.).