FARMINGTON, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored all ten of its goals in the opening half of a 10-0 win over the University of Maine-Farmington on Sunday afternoon at Prescott Field.
The Polar Bears (2-2-2) return to the win column after consecutive ties against Middlebury and Thomas and notch their highest single-game goal total since putting up ten goals against St. Joseph's in 2004. Bowdoin outshot UMaine-Farmington (1-4-1) by a count of 28 to 4, including a 25-1 margin in the first half alone. The Polar Bears also logged 15 corner kicks, 12 in the opening half, to the Beavers' none.
Hunter Miller opened the scoring early with a one-timer into the UMaine-Farmington goal in the 5th minute, off a cross from Zach Danssaert. Danssaert also assisted on the Polar Bears' second goal in the 19th minute, with Austin Downing finishing for the score.
What followed was a string of four Bowdoin goals over the next 3:13, starting with a strike from Downing in the 25th minute. A UMF own goal in the 26th minute put Bowdoin in front 4-0, and goals by the Polar Bears' Andrew Gray and Downing followed in quick succession to extend Bowdoin's lead to 6-0.
Miller (31st minute), Colton Hall (38th minute), Kiefer Solarte (40th minute), and Sam White (44th minute) capped the first half scoring for Bowdoin.
UMaine-Farmington got a handful of chances to break the shutout late in the contest, but Bowdoin keeper Kyle Gurtowski stopped attempts by Jordan Luks and Ibrahim Achekh.
All three UMaine-Farmington keepers saw action in the game, with starter Derek Reilly making 10 saves in the first half. Backup Ronie Morales came on at halftime and made one save over 34 minutes in the second half, while Chris Roberts finished out the game.
Bowdoin starter Will Wise played the first half and was not forced to make a save. Gurtowski entered the game at the start of the second half, and charted three saves over his 45 minutes played.
Downing's three goals mark the first hat trick for a Bowdoin player since Nick Powell scored three times against Gordon in 2011.
UMaine-Farmington will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday, Oct. 2, while Bowdoin returns to NESCAC play on Saturday, Oct. 5, when it travels to Hartford to face Trinity College.