|Middlebury College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men’s soccer team never trailed visiting Middlebury in a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears improve to 5-2-0 (3-1-0 NESCAC). Middlebury suffered its second loss of the season to drop to 5-2-0 (2-2-0 NESCAC).
In the 15th minute Matty McColl was fouled just outside the box, setting up a promising free kick. Ethan Ellsworth launched a shot towards net that bent towards the near post and in for a 1-0 lead. Middlebury keeper Jeremy Yeager had not allowed a goal in 367:45 consecutive minutes of play.
Middlebury countered less than four minutes later. Daniel O’Grady won a battle in the air to head in a pass from Drew Goulart.
Bowdoin regained the lead in the 37th minute off a header from Moctar Niang. McColl bested a Middlebury defender and sent a cross towards Niang, who headed in his first goal of the season.
Niang doubled his season tally with another header goal just 1:50 into the second half, this time off a feed from Max McPherron.
Midway through the half, Stevie Van Siclen made a point blank save on a Goulart shot to preserve the 3-1 lead.
By the Numbers
Bowdoin held a slight 10-9 edge in shots and a 6-3 corner kick advantage.
Van Siclen ended the day with four saves.
Yeager made four stops for the Panthers.