Junior Greg Conrad scored the go-ahead goal with a header at 79:50 as the Middlebury Panther men's soccer team came back to defeat Wesleyan University in a NESCAC game Sunday morning. The loss snapped Wesleyan's six-game unbeaten streak. The Cardinals are now 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the NESCAC.
The two teams played a scoreless first half, with Wesleyan outshooting the Panthers 7-5.
The Cardinals nearly took the lead just less than three minutes into the game on a shot from point-blank range by freshman Komar Martinez-Paiz (Pawtucket, RI), but Middlebury goalie Greg Sydor made a diving stop to his right.
The best Middlebury scoring chance in the half came with 28:09 when junior Greg Conrad blasted a shot from the right from 15 yards but Cardinal goalie Jack Katkavich (Farmington, CT) went to his knees and caught the ball in his midsection. Conrad had the only two shots on goal for Middlebury in the half.
Wesleyan came out on fire in the second half, registering five shots on goal in the first ten minutes. One of those, a header by Adam Cowie-Haskell (Marshfield, MA), found the back of the net 7:50 into the half. The goal came off a free kick by Brandon Sousa (Waterbury, CT).
The Panthers, now 7-2-1 and 4-2-1 in NESCAC play, tied the game at 68:49 on a goal by freshman Daniel O'Grady. The unassisted tally from 18 yards out just beat a diving Katkavich inside the left post.
Middlebury completed the comeback on the score by Conrad off a centering pass from junior Philip Skayne.
Junior Greg Sydor earned the win in net for Middlebury, making 12 saves. Wesleyan outshot the Panthers 19-11, 13-7 on goal. Katkavich finished with five saves for the Cardinals.