Men's Soccer Takes Down Second-Seeded Tufts in NESCAC Quarterfinal

Noah Safian backstopped a Bowdoin defense that faced 12 second half shots from the Jumbos
Noah Safian backstopped a Bowdoin defense that faced 12 second half shots from the Jumbos

MEDFORD, Mass. – The seventh-seeded Bowdoin College men's soccer team used two goals in the first 11 minutes to defeat second-seeded Tufts University, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (9-3-4) defeated the Jumbos (9-5-2) in the regular season finale just four days prior in a 2-0 game played in Brunswick.

Game Highlights

  • Cedric Charlier opened the scoring for the Polar in the seventh minute. Charlier directed a shot on net that was saved by Jumbos senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood, and then he fired the rebound in for the 1-0 lead.
  • The Polar Bears were awarded a penalty kick in the ninth minute, but Greenwood made a stop on Ethan Ellsworth's shot.
  • The Polar Bears kept up the pressure and extended their lead to 2-0 at 10:58. Matt Dias Costa recorded a header goal off a cross by Matty McColl.
  • The Jumbos nearly evened the game in 31st minute, but Gaston Becherano's header was saved by Noah Safian.
  • Gavin Tasker found the back of the net  in the 43rd minute, trimming the deficit to 2-1 heading into intermission.
  • The Jumbos controlled play in the second half, claiming a 12-1 advantage in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Polar Bears played strong defense in front of their goal, blocking a large amount of shots and holding on for the win.
  • Joseph Braun's shot in the 87th minute was blocked. Then, Stephen McMillian fired a dangerous shot, but Safian responded with a diving save, preserving the one-goal advantage for the Polar Bears.
  • Safian and Greenwood each registered four saves in the contest.
  • Tufts held an 18-11 shot advantage and 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears travel to top-seeded Amherst for the NESCAC Semifinals next Saturday. The teams are scheduled to play at 1:30 p.m.