|Bowdoin College||Amherst College|
AMHERST, Mass. – The Bowdoin men’s soccer team surrendered a lone penalty kick goal en route to a 1-0 setback at Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (1-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) last played Amherst (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC) in the 2016 NESCAC Semifinals, with Amherst ending Bowdoin’s season in a 2-1 contest.
The hosts scored the game’s lone goal 21 minutes into the first half. Fikayo Ajayi successfully converted on a penalty kick following a Bowdoin foul in the box.
Senior goalie Stevie Van Siclen proceeded to put forward a complete game in net. Five minutes after the goal, Van Siclen made a kick save on a Weller Hlinomaz shot as his body dove in the opposite direction.
Van Siclen smothered another Amherst bid in the final seven minutes of the opening half, cutting off a shot at the far edge of the box.
Bowdoin pressured late in the second half, seeing its most promising scoring opportunity come off the foot of Jake Stenquist. Ethan Ellsworth set up the corner kick and a pair of Polar Bears headed the ball to Stenquist at the top of the box. Stenquist’s shot sailed inches above the crossbar.
Amherst threatened once more in the final seven minutes, but again Van Siclen made a diving save to his left and deflected the ball away to safety.
Van Siclen ended the day with seven saves, while Lee Owen made three stops for Amherst.
Amherst outshot the Polar Bears by a 9-6 margin with an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.