Middlebury Nets 6-0 Road Victory at Utica

Aidan Robinson scored twice in Monday's win at Utica.
Aidan Robinson scored twice in Monday's win at Utica.

The Middlebury men's soccer team extended its modest unbeaten streak to five-straight games, as the Panthers posted a 6-0 shutout victory Monday at Utica (4-8-1). Middlebury (5-2-3) returns to NESCAC action Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on the road against Trinity.

For the second-straight contest, Middlebury netted a goal in the opening two minutes of the game. Drew Goulart directed a long chip toward the Pioneer penalty area where Daniel O'Grady touched a shot past goalie Randy Miksch with 1:57 expired.

Middlebury doubled its lead with 28:53 showing on the clock, as Aidan Robinson headed in Goulart's free kick from near the left sideline. The visitors made it a three-goal cushion on a nice passing play from Fazl Shaikh to O'Grady, before Brendan Barry directed a shot into the back-right corner of the net 1:58 before the half.

The Panthers netted their fourth goal just under 15 minutes into the second stanza, taking advantage of a restart. Potter serviced the ball into the area where Kyle Moffat redirected the ball into the net with a leaping one-touch. Robinson added his second of the contest with 15:43 left in regulation knocking in a corner kick, while Jacob LaBranche capped the scoring with his first collegiate tally. LaBranche's score came off a long pass from Davis Oudet with 6:53 remaining.

Middlebury goalie Matthew Hyer finished with one save in 70:24 of action, while Marco Kaper didn't see a shot in the final 19:36. Miksch had a busy game for the Pioneers with 12 stops.

The Panthers carried play throughout, possessing a big 27-1 advantage in shots and took 10-11 of the game's corner kicks.

In the team's last five games, Middlebury is 3-0-2 and has outscored the opposition 16-3 with two shutouts.