Pair of Second-Half Scores Push Polar Bears Past Bantams

Pair of Second-Half Scores Push Polar Bears Past Bantams

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The 14th-ranked Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored a pair of second-half goals to defeat Trinity, 2-0, on Saturday and secure a NESCAC Quarterfinal home contest. The Polar Bears (9-1-2, 5-1-2 NESCAC) have won eight-straight and still have a shot of earning the conference's top seed for the playoffs that begin on Sunday, October 31. The Bantams fall to 6-6-1 (2-5-1 NESCAC) with the loss.

After a scoreless first period, Bowdoin's Michael Gale came off the bench to tally the game's first goal early in the second half. Call Nichols chipped a long pass ahead to Gale, who ran onto the ball on a breakaway down the right wing. Gale fired a shot to the lower corner to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead at 50:05. The Polar Bears then sealed the win with five minutes to go when Eddie Jones broke loose behind the Trinity defense and booted a shot that was tipped by Bantam goaltender Grant Schonberg and trickled over the goal line to make it a two-goal game.

Will Wise collected two saves in the win for Bowdoin while Schonberg made three saves for Trinity. With the victory, Bowdoin has earned enough points (17) to be assured of at least a quarterfinal home match, regardless of their regular season-ending result at Tufts on Friday night. Bowdoin still has an outside shot at the top seed, depending greatly on the result of Friday's Williams-Middlebury match. To clinch a postseason bid, Trinity must win at Amherst on Friday.

Bowdoin will return to action on Sunday when they host Colby-Sawyer at 2:00 p.m.