Bowdoin Gets Early Score, Holds Off Western New England For Victory

Bowdoin Gets Early Score, Holds Off Western New England For Victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored four minutes into the game and held off a late rally by Western New England in a 1-0 non-conference victory on Saturday at Pickard Field.

The Polar Bears improve to 2-1-0 while the Golden Bears fall to 6-2-0.

The only score of the game came early as a sustained possession by Bowdoin resulted in Thomas Henshall collecting the ball at the top of box. Henshall played give-and-go with Sam White and re-directed the feed from his classmate past Western New England's Domenick Villano to give the hosts a 1-0 lead just 4:24 into the contest. The marker was Henshall's first collegiate score. Bowdoin controlled the pace of play for the majority of the opening half but could not get another past Villano before intermission.

The Golden Bears answered by coming out with a flurry of chances early in the second half. The best opportunity came off the foot of Jake Bartnik with 30 minutes remaining, but Bowdoin's Will Wise smothered the chance to maintain the one-goal edge. Despite out-shooting Bowdoin 6-3 in the second half, Western New England could not find the equalizer.

Wise stopped four shots in his first shutout of the season. Villano made three saves in net for the Golden Bears.