Men's soccer shut out at Middlebury

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Middlebury College's Ben Potter scored in the 59th minute and lifted the Panthers to a 1-0 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Middlebury's South Street Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton's Thomas Benson '22 made three saves as the Continentals (1-4-0, 0-3 NESCAC) dropped a 1-0 match for the second time this season. Hamilton travels to SUNY Oneonta (6-1-0 overall) for a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m.

The Panthers (3-0-2, 1-0-2) haven't allowed a goal yet this fall. Ryan Grady stopped four shots and posted the shutout. Both teams were credited with seven shots and Middlebury held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

Hamilton's best scoring chance of the opening half occurred in the 20th minute when Noah Giovannelli '21 ripped a ball from 22 yards that Grady collected for the save. In the second half the Continentals nearly got on the board in the 56th minute, but Grady snagged a header by Aidan Wood '20 from point-blank range. Wood took five of Hamilton's seven shots.

The Panthers took the lead a short time later. Brendan Barry collected a loose ball in the box and fired a rising shot that Benson batted down with his arms, but the rebound came to Potter and he tapped it into the back of the net for his second goal this fall.

The Continentals had one last push in the late stages as they had two corners and took two shots. One of those shots came with just over two minutes left as Grady moved to his right and saved a curling header by Jose Torres '20 on a corner kick.