MIDDLEBURY, VT. — Drew Goulart's goal in the 26th minute was the difference Tuesday as the Williams College men's soccer team dropped its regular-season finale at Middlebury, 1-0.
The Ephs dropped to 8-3-4 overall and will await word Wednesday night for their seeding in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, which begins Saturday. Williams will open tournament play on the road. Middlebury improved to 10-5 overall.
Play between the two sides was fairly even Tuesday, but Williams had the better of scoring chances in terms of quantity, outshooting the host Panthers, 7-6. The Ephs had the better of the set pieces, creating 11 corner kick chances to none for Middlebury, but they couldn't get a shot by Panther keeper Jeremy Yeager.
Williams came out strong in the second session with a few good early chances. Mark Sisco-Tolomeo centered a pass to Bobby Fabricant 15 yards out, but his attempt was denied by a diving save from Yeager. The shot was the first of the game for the Ephs. Twenty seconds later, Liam Bardong's header on a corner kick was denied by Yeager.
There was a 45-minute lightining delay in the second half.
Williams created several chances at the equalizer after the weather delay. With 21 minutes to go Mark Sisco-Tolomeo headed a Nick Ranieri corner just over the crossbar, then moments later had another header that was stopped by Yeager. With 12 minutes left, Ranieri curled a corner into the box, but the ball skidded through the goalmouth untouched. Middlebury nearly put the game away with 7:50 remaining when Goulart's made a nifty move from around 25 yards out, but his shot hit the right post and caromed directly to Eph keeper Bobby Schneiderman.
The Ephs' best last chance came wth 1:20 left when Chris Fleischer volleyed a shot from 18 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.
Schneiderman finished with three saves for Williams, Yeager four for Middlebury.
Williams had a good look in the 23rd minute, but Nick Ranieri's free kick from 30 yards out on the left was knocked away by Middlebury keeper Jeremy Yeager.