BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University men’s soccer team (1-3) were downed by the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College (2-1) by a final score of 4-1 in non-conference action at John P. Boucher Field on a rainy Tuesday evening.
Eagles’ first year defender Ben Shumway opened up scoring at the 41:56 mark for his first collegiate point. After a scuffle near the net resulting in a loose ball, Joao Passoni delivered a pass through the box for the assist to Shumway striking it home with one touch.
Bowdoin junior midfielder Drake Byrd leveled the score on a penalty kick at the 19:19 mark. Husson junior netminder Nikoloz Bulashvili dove towards the driven ball, but was unable to make the save.
Just four minutes before the first half concluded, Bowdoin junior midfielder Max McPherron scored off a cross from his teammate, first year midfielder Matthew Braver, slipping the ball past the Husson goalie to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead into halftime.
After a ten minute back-and-forth defensive effort from both teams, Byrd struck with his second goal of the contest on an unassisted free kick at the 33:01 mark to up the Polar Bear lead to 3-1.
A little over twenty minutes later, Bowdoin sophomore defender Dylan Reid knocked a header into the back corner with 12:47 on the clock, off a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Harry Cooper to help Bowdoin secure a 4-1 victory.
Head coach Gavin Penny commented, “It was a very frustrating evening tonight. We started brightly and caused a very good team all kinds of problems. We got our first goal early and should have been 3-0 up 20 minutes into the game. Instead we made some mistakes and were punished for them. Even at halftime, 2-1 down, I thought we were well in the game. Again, we made some mistakes and went down to 10 men. It’s always an uphill battle from there. We have to be better in front of the goal and learn from our mistakes we make so that we can improve. We need to start focusing on a massive six pointer on Saturday.”
Bulashvili stopped five shots in net for Eagles playing all 90 minutes, while his contender Chris Kingston played all but ten minutes, recording two saves then his teammate Sam McDowell closed the night in net for the Polar Bears.
The Eagles travel to Castine to take on conference rival Maine Maritime on Saturday, September 14th at Ritchie Field. Game start is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. for their first North Atlantic Conference match of the season.