MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury advanced to the NCAA sectionals with a 1-0 win over in-state foe Norwich on Sunday afternoon in a regional final match-up. The Panthers will take on an opponent TBA next weekend with dates and times set for release on Monday. Norwich ends its run with an impressive 18-3-1 mark.
Middlebury came out early with pressure, as the Panthers earned four corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the game. Baer Fisher had a good look in the 13th minute from the left side, but his shot was saved by Charles Maxwell. The Panthers continued to come at Norwich, increasing their total to 10 corner kicks through 25 minutes of play. Middlebury had its best chance of the half in the 35th minute, but a shot was just tipped over the crossbar by Maxwell. The half ended with the Panthers holding an 11-1 shots advantage, 13-0 in the corner kicks category.
Norwich's Rob Harlow helped the Norwich offense turn up the heat in the 58th minute, with a nice feed to Ryan Boyton who just missed the goal wide. Harlow saw his low hard shot from the left side denied by Middlebury's Brian Bush in the 60th minute, before his lofting shot went over Bush and the crossbar in the 71st minute of play.
The Panthers scored the game's only goal at 82:53 as Norwich was attempting to clear the ball out of the box. Robbie Redmond played the ball of his chest and then quickly dodged a defender before ripping a low hard shot into the bottom left corner of the net for his second tally of the season.
Neither team would pose a real threat in the final minutes of play as the Panthers held on for the win. Bush made a pair of saves for his 11th shutout of the season and 25th of his career, a new Middlebury record. Maxwell made five saves in goal for the Cadets.
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