October 7, 2012

Williams Edges Men's Soccer in Double-Overtime Thriller

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Chris Seitz headed home the game-winning goal on a broken play in the second overtime to lift the Williams College men's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon.

The 17th-ranked Ephs improve to 7-0-2 (5-0-2 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears (7-2-1, 3-2-1 NESCAC) lose a game for the first time since September 8.

Bowdoin gained the early advantage on Sunday, as a mix-up by the Williams defenders resulted with the ball coming to Andrew Jones on the left wing. He centered a pass to Zach Danssaert, who tucked a one-timer inside the left post at 12:04.

Williams answered 17 minutes later when a Bowdoin turnover in the midfield gave the Ephs an odd-man rush. Mohammed Rashid played a pass to User Kushaina, who slipped a shot inside the right post to deadlock the game at 29:29.

The Ephs grabbed the lead shortly after intermission when Matt Kastner headed a cross inside the left post off a nifty cross from Chris Conder at 49:21. The Polar Bears answered with 17 minutes to go when Eric Goitia's corner kick into a crowd was headed home by Andrew Gray to force the extra session.

Bowdoin controlled the play through the first overtime and most of the second, garnering two great chances. The first opportunity came just moments into the first OT as a Goitia corner kick bounced dangerously around the penalty area before being cleared by Williams. Then, later in the frame, a Bowdoin breakaway resulted in a shot by Danssaert that Eph goaltender Peter Morrell was able to kick save to keep the game deadlocked.

The game-winning goal came on a Williams counter-attack from midfield. A deflected shot appeared to be headed out of bounds for an Eph corner kick, but was headed off the endline by a Bowdoin defender. The ball soared towards the middle of the penalty area, where it deflected of Seitz's body and into the back of the net at 106:53.

Bowdoin held a 21-14 advantage in shots, including a 5-2 advantage in overtime. Morrell stopped seven shots for Williams while Will Wise made four saves for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to action with a pair of matches next weekend, at Hamilton on Saturday and at Amherst on Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography.