The Middlebury men's soccer team recorded a season-high six goals, as the Panthers picked up a 6-0 non-conference victory Sunday at Maine-Farmington (3-6-0). Middlebury (4-2-2) returns to NESCAC play Saturday, hosting third-ranked Tufts at 1:30 p.m.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the initial 10 minutes of the contest. Drew Goulart sprung Brandon Reid on a breakaway and the forward converted with his first tally of the fall with 9:49 expired. Goulart helped Middlebury double its lead in the 21st minute, directing a cross to the front of the Beaver net that Ben Potter headed in.
Middlebury's Shams Mohajerani made it a three-goal cushion eight minutes before the half, sneaking a shot past Maine-Farmington goalie Michael Pingree. The lead grew to 4-0 five minutes later on an own goal by the Beavers.
In the second stanza, the Panthers tacked on two more goals with the first coming 4:41 into the clean half. After forcing a corner kick, Henry Wilhelm netted his third goal of the season, knocking in the corner attempt by Fazl Shaikh. The visitors added the final tally with 9:50 remaining, as Brendan Barry put a shot through traffic for his first collegiate goal.
Middlebury's defense turned in another solid performance, recording its fourth shutout in eight games and didn't allow a shot on goal. The Panthers have yet to yield more than one goal in a game this season. Goalie Matthew Hyer (56:34) and Marco Kaper (33:26) shared the shutout for Middlebury, while Pingree made two stops for the Beavers.
The Panthers finished with a 17-2 edge in overall and 9-0 advantage in shots on goal. The visitors also took eight of the game's nine corner kicks.