The Hamilton College men’s soccer team gave up a pair of first-half goals to visiting Middlebury and lost 2-0 in NESCAC competition on Sunday afternoon at Love Field. The Continentals are 5-5-1 overall with a 1-5-1 record in NESCAC play. The Panthers raised their record to 6-2-3 overall and 3-2-3 in the NESCAC.
The Panthers capitalized on a turnover to take the lead just 97 seconds into play. Adam Glaser ’17 stole a pass outside the Hamilton box and started a give-and-go on the left side with Greg Conrad ’17 that resulted in Glaser’s sixth goal of the season.
Conrad scored Middlebury’s second goal, taking a pass from Dan Skayne ’15 above the box in the 29th minute and quickly sending a long, curling shot into the top right of the net for his fourth goal.
The Continentals outshot Middlebury 13-11 but put only two of their shots on goal. They had a chance at the tying goal just over 12 minutes in following a corner kick by Alec Talsania ’17. Middlebury goalkeeper Greg Sydor ’17 (two saves) punched Talsania’s ball out of traffic but the rebound landed at the feet of Bayard Geeslin ’16, who executed a bicycle kick that was blocked by the Panther defense. Geeslin had another opportunity 10 minutes before intermission when he collected a free kick taken by Erich Marcks ’16 but that shot was blocked as well.
Harris Pollack ’17 finished with four saves for Hamilton, including a spectacular stop late in the first period when he made a one-handed save of a volley by Kirk Horton ’17 following a long corner kick by Noah Goss-Woliner ‘15.
Hamilton returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, playing a 1:30 p.m. game at Colby. The Panthers host Bates on Saturday.