Early Ellsworth Goal Lifts Men's Soccer Over Wesleyan

Ethan Ellsworth scored early and Bowdoin held on for a conference win against Wesleyan.
Ethan Ellsworth scored early and Bowdoin held on for a conference win against Wesleyan.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Ethan Ellsworth scored two minutes into the game to lift the Bowdoin men's soccer team to a 1-0 NESCAC victory over visiting Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (3-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) picked up their first conference win of the season, while posting their third shutout. The Cardinals (3-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) suffered their first setback of the year.

Game Highlights

  • Levi Morant crossed the ball to Ellsworth at the top of the box. Ellsworth launched a shot over the defense that curled just inside the post to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead just 2:13 into the game
  • In the 19th minute, a Bowdoin foul just outside the box gave the Cardinals a promising free kick. Sam Serxner connected with Cameron Park who fired the ball on net. Stevie Van Siclen dove to deny the bid and preserve the lead.
  • Early in the second half, Moctar Niang missed the net with a shot the snaked wide left.
  • Niang set up Will Herman with a back heal pass, but this time Herman's bid soared over the crossbar.
  • In the final minute of action, James Schubauer nearly put back a rebound to extend the game, but again Van Siclen turned the shot away.

By the Numbers

  • Wesleyan held a slight 9-7 edge in shots and 2-0 corner kick advantage.
  • Van Siclen ended the day with five saves.
  • Brian Harnett played the first half and allowed one goal. Chris Franklin played the final 45 minutes and recorded a pair of saves.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Williams College tomorrow at noon.
  • Wesleyan hosts Vassar on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.