BRUNSWICK, Maine- Cedric Charlier scored the game-winning goal for the Bowdoin men's soccer team as the Polar Bears held on to defeat Williams 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Bowdoin (5-2-3, 3-2-2 NESCAC) has now claimed three-straight NESCAC matchups, rebounding form a 0-2-2 start in conference play. Williams dropped only its third game of the year, falling to 7-3-0 (3-3-0 NESCAC). Today's win was the first for Bowdoin against Williams since 2010.
The Polar Bears scored the lone goal of the contest at 27:00 and went on to hold off Williams through the remainder of the game. Hunter Miller crossed the ball from the left side allowing Andrew Jones to step up and head the ball. Jones' shot rebounded off the crossbar and back into play where Charlier connected to net Bowdoin's 1-0 goal. The Polar Bears held a 8-5 advantage in shots during the opening half of play, as well as a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Williams stepped up its offensive pressure in the second half, recording seven shots, but was only able to direct one towards Bowdoin keeper Noah Safian. With under three minutes remaining the Ephs earned a corner kick on the right side and lofted the ball into a crowd of players. A Bowdoin defender was able to head the ball away from goal, only to have another Williams ball sent back into the box. Once again the Polar Bears were able to deflect the ball out, this time being collected by an offender who carried it down the left side and out of the defensive zone.
The Ephs held a slight 12-11 edge in shots, but Bowdoin pressured with five shots on net as compared to one by Williams.
Williams hosts Tufts at 12:00 PM on Saturday as Bowdoin travels to Connecticut College for a 2:00 PM game the same day.