Two Late Goals By Colby Stun Polar Bears

Photo courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography
Photo courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Colby College men's soccer team scored twice in the final 10:20 to earn a 2-0 road win at Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Mules improve to 5-4-0 (2-4-0 NESCAC) with their second win in the last 15 years against the Polar Bears, who fall to 4-4-1 (1-4-1 NESCAC).

The teams played to a stalemate for over 79 minutes as the contest seemed destined to head to overtime. Bowdoin held a 4-2 edge in shots in the opening period, but the Mules fired 10 to Bowdoin's four in the second stanza. Colby's efforts paid off late in the period as Andrew Meisel found Nick Aubin with a long, low cross from the left wing. Aubin booted the feed into the lower right corner of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage with 11:20 play.

With Bowdoin pressuring for the equalizer, the Mules were able to cash in again with a quick possession heading the other way. Meisel again played a perfect feed to the top of the box to Eric Barthold, who deked a desperate tackle by a Bowdoin defender and ripped a rocket inside the right post to give the visitors an insurmountable two-goal lead with 6:22 to go.

Ben Joslin stopped three shots in the shutout for the Mules while Will Wise stopped four shots between the pipes for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin will turn around and play again on Sunday when they host Babson at 2:00 p.m. Colby returns to the pitch Tuesday afternoon when they host Waterville neighbor Thomas College.