AMHERST, Mass. – The Bowdoin men's soccer team surrendered a lone penalty kick goal en route to a 1-0 setback at Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (1-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) last played Amherst (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC) in the 2016 NESCAC Semifinals, with Amherst ending Bowdoin's season in a 2-1 contest.
- The hosts scored the game's lone goal 21 minutes into the first half. Fikayo Ajayi successfully converted on a penalty kick following a Bowdoin foul in the box.
- Senior goalie Stevie Van Siclen proceeded to put forward a complete game in net. Five minutes after the goal, Van Siclen made a kick save on a Weller Hlinomaz shot as his body dove in the opposite direction.
- Van Siclen smothered another Amherst bid in the final seven minutes of the opening half, cutting off a shot at the far edge of the box.
- Bowdoin pressured late in the second half, seeing its most promising scoring opportunity come off the foot of Jake Stenquist. Ethan Ellsworth set up the corner kick and a pair of Polar Bears headed the ball to Stenquist at the top of the box. Stenquist's shot sailed inches above the crossbar.
- Amherst threatened once more in the final seven minutes, but again Van Siclen made a diving save to his left and deflected the ball away to safety.
By the Numbers
- Van Siclen ended the day with seven saves, while Lee Owen made three stops for Amherst.
- Amherst outshot the Polar Bears by a 9-6 margin with an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
- The Polar Bears travel to Husson University on Tuesday evening for a 7:00 p.m. game.