BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored a minute into the game and never looked back, cruising to a 5-2 win over Bates in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Sunday afternoon. The top-seeded and nationally fifth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 12-1-2 this season and will host the NESCAC Championship next Saturday and Sunday at Pickard Field. Bates finishes their year with a record of 5-9-1.
Bowdoin will host seventh-seeded Wesleyan, who knocked off second-seeded Williams, in a semifinal game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The second game will feature third-seeded Middlebury and fourth-seeded Amherst at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play for the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday. More information about the tournament will be available next week.
On Sunday, Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board as a Daniel Chaffetz throw-in was chipped by Call Nichols to the waiting Nick Powell, who headed it into the net at the one-minute mark of the opening half. In a carbon copy 20 minutes later, Chaffetz threw the ball from the sideline to Nichols again, who found Tim Prior for a header to give the Polar Bears a two-goal advantage. With less than ten minutes left in the period, Prior accepted the ball at midfield, slashed through the Bates defense and played a through-ball to Eddie Jones, who booted it into the lower-left corner for a 3-0 lead. Michael Gale added a goal from Ben Brewster just before intermission to give the Polar Bears a commanding 4-0 lead at the break.
Bates found their footing in the second period, as Tyler Grees scored their first goal with just under 20 minutes remaining. Five minutes later, Alex Marecki answered for Bowdoin before Grees scored again for Bates with 13 minutes left.
Bowdoin's Daniel Chaffetz tied a school record with three assists in the game while the two goals scored by Bates matched a season high for goals scored by a Bowdoin opponent.
Dan Hicks made two saves in 66 minutes before giving way to Will Wise, who permitted two goals and made one save in 32 minutes. Eric Edelman played the final two minutes without recording a stat for Bowdoin. Greg Watts took the loss in net for Bates after allowing four goals and making two saves in 70 minutes. Brian Goldberg finished out the game for the Bobcats with one goal and one save.
Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography.