Middlebury, Vt. - Middlebury's Brandon Reid (Lauderhill, Fla.) scored the game's only goal midway through the second half, to lead the Panthers to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action on Saturday at South Street Field in Vermont. Trinity falls to 3-9-1 overall and 1-7-1 in conference play while Middlebury improves 9-4-0 on the year and 4-4-0 in league play. The Bantams return to action on Tuesday for a home match against Eastern Connecticut State at 7 p.m.
Chances for both teams were limited in the opening 45 minutes, with neither squad directing a shot on goal. Middlebury had the best chance on a set piece along the right sideline. Drew Goulart (Weston, Mass.) served the ball into the Bantam penalty area, where Kyle Moffat (Berkeley, Calif.) poked a shot high of the net from point-blank range.
In the second stanza, the hosts nearly broke the scoreless tie in the 60th minute on a free kick from the top of the Trinity penalty area. Goulart rolled a short pass to Ben Potter (Evanston, Ill.), who laced a shot on goal that senior tri-captain keeper Mateo Zabala (Medellin, Colombia) punched over the cross bar. Two minutes later, Reid netted his second goal of the season. The Panther settled the ball in the top-left corner of the penalty area, took a step and fired a shot into the upper-right corner with 28:14 showing on the clock.
Middlebury nearly doubled its lead with just over eight minutes remaining, but Zabala made a diving stop going to his right on a scoring bid from Potter to keep the final at 1-0.
Panther keeper Jeremy Yeager (Potomac, Md.) made two saves, earning his NESCAC-leading seventh shutout of the season. Zabala had four stops for the Bantams, as Middlebury held a 12-6 advantage in shots.