AMHERST, Mass. – Bowdoin fell 2-1 to top seeded Amherst in double overtime of a NESCAC Semifinal game on Saturday afternoon.
Amherst (14-0-2) captured the double overtime win with a last minute goal by Justin Aoyama to take the Jeffs to their third-straight NESCAC title tomorrow afternoon in a rematch of last year's final against Williams beginning at 12 p.m. With the loss, Bowdoin drops to an 8-4-4 overall record.
Bowdoin came out strong to start the game and maintained possession through the opening minutes, but couldn't put together a scoring opportunity. The Jeffs posted the first threat of the game at the 10 minute mark when Greg Singer's shot attempt missed wide. Shortly after, Max Fikke stood in front of the net and sent one towards the goal but Bowdoin goalkeeper Noah Safian made a diving save to keep the Amherst scoreless. The Jeffs got on the board moments later following a corner kick from Nico Pascual-Leone. Ben Norton headed the ball in to the back right post to give the Jeffs a 1-0 advantage just under 17 minutes into the contest.
Bowdoin tied the game at the 56th minute as the Polar Bears' first attempt was blocked by its own player standing in front of the net but the second chance from Matt Dias Costa was good as he found the back right post.
In the first overtime, Bowdoin looked to end the game as Thomas Henshall made a move across the box and had a wide open net, but Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Bull came out of nowhere to make the stop and protect a potential game-winner. At the 106th minute of the second overtime, Amherst pulled away on a game-winner by Aoyama as the first-year snuck the ball into the right side of the post past a diving Safian.
The Jeffs held a 15-8 advantage in shots and 12-9 edge in corner kicks. Bull made one stop between the posts for the Jeffs and Safian made five for the Polar Bears.