The Middlebury men's soccer team dropped a 4-0 NESCAC road contest at 12th-ranked Tufts (8-1-1, 5-1-1) on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. The Panthers (6-4-0, 2-4-0) return to action tomorrow when they play at Wesleyan starting at 2:30 p.m.
The Jumbos got on the board in the 10th minute when Gavin Tasker sent a cross into the box that found Brett Rojas, who calmly tapped it into the bottom-left corner of the net. It was Rojas' second goal of the season.
Middlebury's best chance in the half came in the 21st minute when a shot by Drew Goulart was deflected by Tufts' keeper Bruce Johnson and hit the cross bar but caromed away.
Tufts doubled its lead in the 40th minute off a corner kick. Zachary Trevorrow headed the ball down to Biagio Paoletta, who sent a shot screaming into the back of the net for his first collegiate goal.
Just before the end of the frame, the Jumbos made it 3-0 when Jarod Glover played one off his chest to the feet of teammate Dexter Eichhorst, who took one touch past Middlebury goalie Jeremy Yeager with 31 seconds left on the first-half clock.
Following the halftime break, the Jumbos added their final tally in the 51st minute. Zach Lane found Travis Van Brewer at the top of the box, who snuck a low shot past Yeager.
The Jumbos held a 15-3 advantage in shots and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks. Yeager made five saves for the Panthers, while Johnson tallied one for Tufts in 81:39. Will Harned played the final 8:21 in goal for the Jumbos.