Middlebury College took a shot, then another, and then another, scoring 4 times en route to a 4-1 win over Castleton University in its non-conference match-up last night. The large difference in shots on goal was the major factor for Middlebury’s domination. Castleton took only four while Middlebury took thirteen.
The game stayed dead even for the first 20 minutes, as both teams played conservatively looking for an opening. In the 25th minute the Panthers were the first on the board, Drew Goulart broke the scoreless deadlock when he put the ball past Spartan goalkeeper Aaron Parker for his first career goal.
The score stayed 1-0 until a minute remaining in the half, when Adam Glaser sent a shot from deep to put the Panthers up 2-0 headed into the half. With that goal, Glaser became his school’s career leading points scorer with 32 goals and 29 assists.
But Glaser would add to his record. A through ball from Goulart found his foot and he was able to send it past Parker from six yards out in the 65th minute to give the Panthers a controlling 3-0 lead.
This seemed to light a fire under the Spartan offense. Jack Kingdon would send a through ball to Dallas Desroches three minutes later, who would put the ball past Middlebury keeper Greg Sydor to make the score 3-1.
Parker had nine saves in goal for Castleton while Sydor had 3 saves.
“I think we did (be aggressive) a little bit, but I also think part of it was because Middlebury got complacent a little bit. They are a very good team, but I have to hand it to my guys. They were more precise, I will say that,” said Spartan Head Coach John O’Connor when asked about his team’s second half offensive aggressiveness.
Tom Bean would end the scoring in the 86th minute, after he put in a corner kick from Jed Sass.
Castleton falls to 4-7-2 on the season and will take on Husson in a conference match next Saturday.
Middlebury improves to 7-1-3