Middlebury wrapped up its regular season with a 1-0 victory over Williams (8-3-4, 3-4-4) on a rainy and windy day on South Street Field. The win was the eighth via shutout for the Panthers (10-5, 5-5), with seven coming by a 1-0 tally. Middlebury and Williams return to action on Saturday with NESCAC Quarterfinal games on the road.
Williams had a good look in the 23rd minute, but Nick Ranieri's free kick from 30 yards out on the left was knocked away by Middlebury keeper Jeremy Yeager.
The only goal of the half came at the 26:18 mark when Drew Goulart netted his fourth of the season. Ben Potter's shot from 30 yards out was knocked down by Eph keeper Bobby Schneiderman, but Goulart was there to knock home the rebound for the 1-0 advantage.
Williams came out strong in the second session with a few good early chances. Mark Sisco-Tolomeo centered a pass to Bobby Fabricant 15 yards out, but his attempt was denied by a diving save from Yeager. The shot was the first of the game for the Ephs. Twenty seconds later, Liam Bardong's header on a corner kick was denied by Yeager.
Following a 45-minute lightning delay, the teams returned to the field with the Williams' possession continuing. The Panthers broke up the pace when Goulart's bid for a second marker hit the right post from 15 yards out with 7:45 left to play.
Williams had a few opportunities late, but could not find the equalizer as Middlebury held on for the victory.
Williams had a slight 7-6 shots advantage in the game, after being outshot 4-0 in the first half. Yeager finished with four saves in goal to earn his NESCAC-leading eighth shutout of the season. Schneiderman earned three saves for Williams.