Wesleyan Stuns Bowdoin in Season Opening Setback

Wesleyan Stuns Bowdoin in Season Opening Setback

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wesleyan junior Evan Hazelett scored just 1:25 into overtime to give the host Cardinals a 3-2 victory over sixth-ranked Bowdoin in NESCAC men's soccer action Saturday afternoon. The goal ruined a comeback by the Polar Bears, who rallied from a two-goal deficit to force the extra session in both team's season-openers.

First-year Sam White and sophomore Alex Marecki scored goals in the loss for Bowdoin.

The game-winning goal came when Hazelett received a low pass deep on the right side from freshman Matt Hertgen and moved behind the Polar Bear defense before bounding a shot past Bowdoin keeper sophomore Will Wise, who had come out to cut down the angle. The ball bounced several times on its 25-yard path to the left post, striking it and ricocheting into the net.

Bowdoin had tied the game with just under 20 minutes left in regulation on a shot from the right side by Marecki after he collected a pass from junior Zach Ostrup.  His one-hopper caught the net to the left side past Wesleyan junior netminder Adam Purdy.

Wesleyan had forged a 2-0 lead less than 25 minutes into the contest as juniors Rory O'Neill and Walter Rodriguez both found paydirt with their shots, O'Neill in the 14th minute and Rodriguez in the 24th minute. Bowdoin cut the margin in half in the 31st minute when freshman Sam White headed in a corner kick by senior Nick Powell from the left side.

Wise finished the contest with six saves, as did Purdy in the Cardinal net.  Shots in the contest were dead even at 15 apiece.
The win was a measure of revenge for the Cardinals, who lost twice to Bowdoin last fall, including a 2-1 NESCAC tournament semifinal decision.