October 16, 2011

Late Goal Lifts Fourth-Ranked Amherst Over Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Ben Norton scored the game-winning goal with 15 minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Amherst College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at Bowdoin on Sunday. The win improves fourth-ranked Amherst to 11-0-1 (7-0-1 NESCAC) this fall while the Polar Bears drop to 4-5-3 (1-5-2 NESCAC) on the year.

The evenly-played contest featured back-and-forth physical play throughout, with neither team able to dent the scoring column in the opening 45 minutes. The Jeffs took the lead early in the second period when a corner kick by Jay Heo found the head of Alejandro Sucre at 49:12, who knocked it inside the near post for a 1-0 advantage. Bowdoin replied shortly thereafter, also on a corner kick, as Zach Ostrup lofted a well-placed offering to Sean Bishop, who headed it into the side-netting at 59:46.

Amherst's game winning came after a series of passes- Sam Kaplan found Casey McNamara on the wing, who laid a perfect cross into the box where Ben Norton got a toe on it to deflect inside the far post with exactly 15 minutes to go. Bowdoin pressured Amherst netminder Lennard Kovacs down the stretch, but couldn't find the equalizer as the Jeffs clung to victory.

Will Wise stopped three shots in goal for Bowdoin. Kovacs made four stops for Amherst.