MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlebury College men’s soccer team defeated Bowdoin College 1-0 in double overtime to advance to the New England Small College Athletic Conference finals.
The Panthers (12-5-0) came into the game as the five seed in the tournament and the Polar Bears (10-4-3) were the three seed. The contest was extremely evenly matched with both teams never really able to create too much of an advantage.
The game seemed destined for penalty kicks until the 105th minute in the second overtime period. Middlebury sophomore Drew Goulart had the ball just outside the left hand side of the box. He began running in towards the middle of the field with the ball at his feet. He let one rip that was headed straight for dead center of the net. It curled perfectly into the foot of space under the crossbar and above the Bowdoin goalkeeper’s outstretched hand to win the game.
It was Goulart’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. He will enter the finals tomorrow against Tufts as the leader in points (14) on both teams.
Bowdoin had a couple chances late in the second half that could have clinched it for them. In the 74th minute Will Herman took a shot that got by the diving goalie, but went just wide left.
In the 82nd minute, there was a quick sequence of a few passed from Levi Morant to Moctar Niang to Mac McPherron. McPherron was right in front of the net when he took his shot, but it went just high.
Shots in the game were practically even. Bowdoin had the slight edge, eight to seven. There were plenty of fouls throughout the match. Middlebury had 15 to the the Polar Bears 12.
Middlebury Head Coach David Saward will be retiring at the end of this, his 33rd, season and will finish it off with a finals match against his former player in Jumbo Coach Josh Shapiro.
Earlier in the season when Middlebury played Tufts, the Jumbos came out on top, 4-0. The rematch will take place tomorrow at Bello Field at noon.