Men's Soccer Pounces on Panthers for 3-1 Victory

Moctar Niang scored two of Bowdoin's three goals, his first goals of the season.
Moctar Niang scored two of Bowdoin's three goals, his first goals of the season.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's soccer team never trailed visiting Middlebury in a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.  

The Polar Bears improve to 5-2-0 (3-1-0 NESCAC). Middlebury suffered its second loss of the season to drop to 5-2-0 (2-2-0 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • In the 15th minute Matty McColl was fouled just outside the box, setting up a promising free kick. Ethan Ellsworth launched a shot towards net that bent towards the near post and in for a 1-0 lead. Middlebury keeper Jeremy Yeager had not allowed a goal in 367:45 consecutive minutes of play.
  • Middlebury countered less than four minutes later. Daniel O'Grady won a battle in the air to head in a pass from Drew Goulart.
  • Bowdoin regained the lead in the 37th minute off a header from Moctar Niang. McColl bested a Middlebury defender and sent a cross towards Niang, who headed in his first goal of the season.
  • Niang doubled his season tally with another header goal just 1:50 into the second half, this time off a feed from Max McPherron.
  • Midway through the half, Stevie Van Siclen made a point blank save on a Goulart shot to preserve the 3-1 lead.

By the Numbers

  • Bowdoin held a slight 10-9 edge in shots and a 6-3 corner kick advantage.
  • Van Siclen ended the day with four saves.
  • Yeager made four stops for the Panthers.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to Pickard Field tomorrow afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. game against the University of Southern Maine.
  • Middlebury hosts Colby next Saturday at 11:00 a.m.