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Hirshberg scores for men's soccer vs. Middlebury







YARMOUTH, Maine -- The Bates College and Middlebury College men's soccer teams engaged in a hard-fought, physical game on Sunday morning, with the Panthers prevailing 3-1 in the NESCAC contest.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, was rescheduled to Sunday morning and relocated to the artificial turf field of Yarmouth High School due to heavy rains and unsuitable playing conditions on Russell Street Field at Bates.

With the win, Middlebury captured the Reynolds Cup, which is named in honor of the late Thomas Hedley Reynolds, who passed away last month. Reynolds was President Emeritus of Bates College and, earlier in his life, Dean of Students at Middlebury College. The teams have honored him for his service and involvement with men's soccer by playing for the Reynolds Cup since 1990. Both teams and spectators remembered Reynolds with a moment of silence prior to the contest.

Middlebury (7-4-2 overall, 3-3-2 NESCAC) got on the scoreboard first, as senior forward Stephen Hart (Park City, Utah) found sophomore forward Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) 10 yards in front of the goal in the 17th minute, and Macnee placed the ball in the right corner to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers scored again just before halftime, when junior back Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) received a pass from junior midfielder Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.), outraced a defender and scored inside the right post in the 42nd minute of the contest.

Bates (3-8-2 overall, 0-7-1 NESCAC) cut the lead to 2-1 in the 62nd minute when first-year forward Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) scored his fourth goal of the season. Hirshberg was assisted by senior Patrick King (Gorham, Maine), who led him with a pass towards the left post. Hirshberg controlled the ball, beat his defender and knocked the ball past sophomore goalie Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) and into the right corner, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Middlebury gained an insurance goal in the 74th minute of play when junior back Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) headed a corner kick into the far left corner of the goal off the corner kick of Edwards. The 3-1 cushion stood for the rest of the contest.

Middlebury outshot Bates 19-11 while posting a 10-3 advantage in the second half.

Bobcat sophomore goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) made seven saves, while his Panther counterpart Cahill recorded two saves.

The contest also marked the final regular season home game for the Bates seniors. The five seniors who were recognized for their great contributions to the program included forward Rob Friedlander (Hopkinton, N.H.), back Patrick King, back Peter Litwin (Concord, Mass.), forward Jonathan Lobozzo (New Gloucester, Maine) and back Ben Trook (Weston, Mass.). King and Lobozzo served as team captains this season.

Bates will finish its regular season schedule when they travel to Colby College to face the NESCAC rival Mules on Thursday at 3 p.m., with a chance of entering eight-team NESCAC Championships with a win. Middlebury will host NESCAC rival Williams College on Friday at 2 p.m.

STATS: Middlebury 3, Bates 1