Danssaert Scores Game-Winner in 85th Minute to Push Men's Soccer Over #10 Babson
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Zach Danssaert scored the game-winning goal with 4:04 remaining to give the Bowdoin College men's soccer team a 1-0 win over 10th-ranked Babson on Sunday afternoon.
With their third consecutive victory, the Polar Bears improve to 3-1-0 and beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2010. Babson loses its first game of the season and drops to 5-1-1 on the year.
The two sides engaged in a physical, defensive battle for the much of the afternoon, with Bowdoin finally making the most of one of its few scoring opportunities. The Babson defense blocked shots by Danssaert and first-year forward Andrew Jones in the moments leading up to the deciding goal. Eddie Jones won a battle for the ball in the corner and dealt a short pass from the right flank to Danssaert, who tucked a shot inside the right post for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The Beavers pressed forward in the final four minutes and nearly equalized to force extra time in the waning seconds. Junior back Dillon Ventura hit a 30 yard blast that caromed off the cross bar and out of harm's way with just 31 seconds remaining.
Outside of the final moments, both teams had their best scoring opportunities in the opening 30 minutes of the game. Babson's Brenden Matthews ripped a shot from just inside the top of the box that Bowdoin junior keeper Will Wise tipped over the cross bar in the 21st minute, and senior Eric Anderson had his header bounce just over the frame off a cross from junior Kevin Israel in the 29th minute.
Bowdoin's Sam White missed just high in the 18th minute, and Jones hit a rocket from 30 yards out that Babson junior goalkeeper Jackson Klein was able to knock down before smothering the rebound in the 24th minute. Senior forward Michael Gale nearly put the Polar Bears ahead just after halftime with a blast from just outside the box, but Klein made a diving save to his right to keep the game scoreless.
Wise made one save to earn his third consecutive shutout for Bowdoin, who has not allowed a goal in its last 331:57. Klein made three saves for Babson. Bowdoin outshot Babson 15-8 on the afternoon, including a 10-3 advantage in the second half.
Bowdoin will travel to Middlebury College next Saturday at 12:00 p.m.