The Middlebury men's soccer team scored once in each half for a 2-0 NESCAC victory Tuesday at Williams in the season finale for both teams. The win secured the third seed in the NESCAC Tournament for Middlebury (10-2-3, 6-2-2) and a home game in the quarterfinals on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. The Ephs (8-5-2, 4-4-2) have already clinched a spot in the tournament and will learn their seeding following Wednesday's remaining league contests.
The Panthers remained on a roll with the triumph, moving to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games and has outscored the opposition by a 24-5 margin during that stretch.
Williams registered what turned out to be its only shot on goal of the game when Chris Fleischer had a corner kick with 6:11 expired, setting up a scoring bid by Will Felitto that was denied by Panther keeper Matthew Hyer. The Ephs also had a second attempt, but Eric Hirsch's rebound sailed high.
The visitors countered minutes later, opening the scoring 12:16 into the contest. Fazl Shaikh served the ball into the right side of the Williams' penalty area where Kyle Moffat headed it toward the goalmouth. Ben Potter leapt and one-touched the pass into the top-left corner of the net. The tally was Potter's team-leading sixth of the season.
In the second half, Middlebury's defense was stellar, holding the hosts without a shot on goal over the final 45 minutes.
The Panthers added an insurance marker with 9:14 left in the contest on another nice passing play. Shaikh sent the ball into the penalty area from the left wing to the right side of the net to Shams Mohajerani. He beat his defender and slid a pass by the defender and goalie to teammate Henry Wilhelm, who tapped a shot into the empty net for a 2-0 lead.
Hyer made one save in goal for Middlebury, recording his fourth-straight shutout and running his scoreless streak to 434:31 of action without allowing a goal.
The Panthers managed a slim advantage in both shots (9-7) and corner kicks (4-3).