|Bowdoin College||Tufts University|
MEDFORD, Mass. – The seventh-seeded Bowdoin College men’s soccer team used two goals in the first 11 minutes to defeat second-seeded Tufts University, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (9-3-4) defeated the Jumbos (9-5-2) in the regular season finale just four days prior in a 2-0 game played in Brunswick.
Cedric Charlier opened the scoring for the Polar in the seventh minute. Charlier directed a shot on net that was saved by Jumbos senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood, and then he fired the rebound in for the 1-0 lead.
The Polar Bears were awarded a penalty kick in the ninth minute, but Greenwood made a stop on Ethan Ellsworth’s shot.
The Polar Bears kept up the pressure and extended their lead to 2-0 at 10:58. Matt Dias Costa recorded a header goal off a cross by Matty McColl.
The Jumbos nearly evened the game in 31st minute, but Gaston Becherano’s header was saved by Noah Safian.
Gavin Tasker found the back of the net in the 43rd minute, trimming the deficit to 2-1 heading into intermission.
The Jumbos controlled play in the second half, claiming a 12-1 advantage in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Polar Bears played strong defense in front of their goal, blocking a large amount of shots and holding on for the win.
Joseph Braun’s shot in the 87th minute was blocked. Then, Stephen McMillian fired a dangerous shot, but Safian responded with a diving save, preserving the one-goal advantage for the Polar Bears.
Safian and Greenwood each registered four saves in the contest.
Tufts held an 18-11 shot advantage and 6-4 edge in corner kicks.