|Amherst College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Weller Hlinomaz scored the game’s only goal early in the second half to lift the top-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team to a narrow 1-0 win over Bowdoin on Saturday at Pickard Field.
In a matchup between the defending national champs (Amherst) and defending NESCAC champions (Bowdoin), the Purple & White improve to 2-0-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 1-1-0 (0-1-0 NESCAC).
The teams traded good chances in a back-and-forth scoreless first half
Sam Ward has Bowdoin’s best opportunity ten minutes into the game with a shot from just outside the box that was saved by Amherst’s Lee Owen
Stevie Van Siclen returned the favor in goal for Bowdoin, making five first-half saves, including a diving stop off the foot of Bryce Ciambella with just two minutes remaining before the break
Amherst continued to pressure the Bowdoin goal early in the second half and finally coverted off a throw-in less than two minutes into the frame
A long throw in from the sideline deflected off a Bowdoin defender’s head and into the middle of the penalty area where it bounced between legs to the foot of Hlinomaz, who toed the ball past Van Siclen at 46:27
Bowdoin tried to mount a rally but couldn’t find the equalizer despite holding a 3-0 edge in corner kicks in the second half
Amherst’s Owen finished with five saves, including three in the second half, while Van Siclen ended with nine in the setback for Bowdoin
Bowdoin will look to get back into the win column on Tuesday when they face Southern Maine in Gorham at 4:30 p.m.
Amherst will return to action next Saturday with a match at Middlebury at noon.