Men's Soccer Bests USM, Elements, to Give Wiercinski First Bowdoin Win

Zach Danssaert scored twice in Tuesday's season-opener (photo courtesy of
Zach Danssaert scored twice in Tuesday's season-opener (photo courtesy of

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored five first-half goals to give new head coach Scott Wiercinski a victory in his Polar Bear coaching debut Tuesday afternoon, 5-0 over the University of Southern Maine.

The Polar Bears (1-0-0) had been 0-3-1 in their last four season-opening matches. Southern Maine (0-2-0) saw their losing skid against Bowdoin stretch to five, dating back to 2008.

After a brief delay due to lightning, Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Ben Citrin launched a shot from the top of the box that deflected off a USM defender and sailed over the head of goaltender Matthew Willis at 5:25 for his first career goal. The Polar Bears doubled their lead at 10:09 when Andrew Jones deposited a blast to the lower-right corner.

In the 25th minute, Zach Danssaert scored the first of his two goals when Daniel Melong fed a low crossing pass to the senior co-captain, who tapped it into the bottom left corner. Hunter Miller's first career goal came at 36:00 as a shot slipped through traffic to the lower left corner. Danssaert finished off the scoring by putting home a loose ball off a deflected free kick at 42:01.

Bowdoin, who held a 32-0 edge in shots for the game, saw Will Wise (75:20) and Ian McNamara (14:40) split time in net. Williams made four saves in 62:30 for Southern Maine before giving way to Adam Verrault, who made no saves and allowed no goals over the final 27:30.

The Polar Bears will return to action at home Saturday against NESCAC foe Wesleyan. The Huskies, who play their first five games on the road this season, take to the field on Friday against Maine Maritime in the opening day of the Husson University Cup in Bangor.