BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored two goals in a four-minute span of the first half en route to a 2-1 victory over host Babson College in a non-conference matchup of regionally-ranked squads on Monday afternoon. With their fifth straight win the Polar Bears, ranked sixth in New England, improved to 6-1-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Beavers, ranked fourth in the region, see their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end as they fall to 8-3-2.
Babson netted the game's first goal in the 28th minute, as sophomore Josh Danesh hit a perfect breakaway feed from midfield to classmate Eric Anderson on the left side. Anderson then tucked a shot past charging goalie Dan Hicks and into the center of the net for his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 27:28.
Bowdoin tied the game at 35:21, when junior Call Nichols blasted a penalty kick into the lower right corner for his first goal of the season, evening the score at 1-1.
The Polar Bears took their first lead of the day less than four minutes later, beginning with a long throw-in from the right sideline by senior Daniel Chaffetz. Senior Ben Denton-Schneider then chipped a quick pass to junior Sean Bishop, who headed a shot just inside the right post for his second of the year at 38:54.
After getting outshot, 11-5, in the first half, Babson turned on the offensive pressure in the second session, firing 10 shots to Bowdoin's four. However, Hicks remained steadfast in net for the visitors, making four of his six saves in the final 45 minutes to help the Polar Bears come away with the 2-1 victory.Junior Peter Crowley played all 90 minutes in net for Babson, finishing with three saves.