The Middlebury men's soccer team scored a goal in each half, as the Panthers netted a 2-0 road victory Wednesday at Keene State (3-1-2). The win extended Middlebury's winning streak to four-straight games with each of the last three victories coming via shutout. The Panthers (5-1) return to action at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, traveling to Bowdoin.
Middlebury jumped out to the early lead, scoring 5:44 into the contest. Drew Goulart chipped a shot on goal that hit the cross bar and Fazl Shaikh knocked in the rebound for his first collegiate tally.
The Owls had two good chances to knot the score, but were denied by Panther keeper Jeremy Yeager with 10 minutes left in the half. Yeager pushed a long shot by Keene State's Keegan LeBarge over the cross bar and on the ensuing corner kick, thwarted LeBarge again with a sprawling save from point-blank range.
In the second stanza, Middlebury had a chance to double its lead with 20 minutes on the clock. Goulart settled a pass inside the Owl penalty area, but his scoring bid was corralled by Keene State keeper Jason Smith.
Goulart eventually solved the Owl defense with 3:11 remaining in the game. On a restart on the left side of the Keene State penalty area, he took a short touch pass from Ben Potter and laced a shot into the far-right corner of the net for his second of the fall to close out the scoring.
Yeager finished with four saves for his third-straight shutout, while extending his scoreless streak to 353:13. Smith made four saves for the Owls, as the Panthers held a 15-9 edge in shots.