Gray's Late Goal Lifts Polar Bears Over Panthers For Fourth Straight Win

Andrew Gray's game-winner came with 10:01 to play
Andrew Gray's game-winner came with 10:01 to play

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Bowdoin sophomore Andrew Gray came off the bench to score the game-winning goal with 10:01 remaining as the Polar Bear men's soccer team earned a 1-0 road win at Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.

With their fourth consecutive win, the Polar Bears improve to 4-1 (1-1 NESCAC) this fall. The Panthers fall to 3-2 this season (1-2 NESCAC).

Both teams traded plays in the midfield in the opening half, with the best chance coming for Middlebury in the 28th minute when a string of nice passes brought the ball to the foot of Sam Peisch, who played a nice cross to the direction of Noah Goss-Woliner. Bowdoin goaltender Will Wise made a diving break-up, however, to keep the game scoreless into intermission.

Bowdoin's best chances all came in the second half, starting in the 57th minute when Andrew Jones struck a low, hard shot that sailed through the defense but skipped just wide. The Polar Bears again came close in the 76th minute as an Eddie Jones strike soared just over the cross bar.

Middlebury had a tremendous chance to take the lead with 12 minutes to go as a corner kick came to Deklan Robinson, who lobbed a shot towards the net. Eddie Jones cleared the ball off the goal line to preserve the tie and set the stage for Gray's heroics.

The Polar Bears finally put one home with just over 10 minutes to go as Eric Goitia played a free kick into the box. The ball rattled around until coming to the foot of Andrew Gray, who ripped a shot that was deflected by Middlebury goaltender Zach Abdu-Glass but rolled into the net for the go-ahead goal.

Wise was credited with one save for Bowdoin, who held a 5-3 advantage in shots. Abdu-Glass did not make a save for Middlebury. The Panthers will be back in action Sunday afternoon with a home contest against Amherst at 2:30 p.m. Bowdoin will host Bates at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.