Bobby Gallahue ’14
Trinity men’s soccer played host to the Middlebury Panthers Saturday at Campus Field. The Bantams were unable to rebound from their rough loss at Amherst and suffered a 2-1 defeat. The loss puts Trinity at 5-3-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the NESCAC, while Middlebury improves to 6-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the league.
Middlebury was anchored on defense by senior goalie Zach Abdu-Glass (Lexington, Mass.) Abdu-Glass was fantastic throughout the match and finished the day with nine saves, his second highest total of the year. Harper Williams struck first for Middlebury with a pretty shot in the upper 90 from 25 feet out. Williams began the season as a substitute but has come on strong recently and this marked his second goal of the season. Trinity was unable to capitalize on their five corner kicks in the first half and finished the half down 1-0.
After ending the first half down one, Trinity found the answer in their leading goal scorer Anthony El-Hachem ’13. El-Hachem finished a feed from his brother Johnny El-Hachem ’14 to pull the game even. However, Middlebury’s own leading scorer, Alvand Hajizadeh, refused to be held silent and he beat goalie Jason Katz ’15 for his sixth goal of the year. The goal occurred on a rebound from teammate Ethan Galiette’s (Avon, Conn.) shot. Trinity goalie Jason Katz finished the game with five saves.
Facing their second defeat in four days, the Bantams put on the full court press. Tim Shea ’15 almost put away his second goal of the year, but hit the post with 8:40 remaining. That proved to be the closest Trinity would come to equalizing and Middlebury was able to coast for the rest of the match. The .071 shooting percentage doomed Trinity.
The Bantams have two remaining matches this season. They travel to Maine to face the 7-3-2 Bowdoin Polar Bears (3-3-2 in the NESCAC) and finish the season by welcoming the Wesleyan Cardinals to Hartford. Wesleyan should prove to be a tough matchup as they stand at 5-1-1 in the conference.