Rutgers-Newark Edges Men's Soccer In Penalty Kicks in NCAA Tournament

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WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team played Rutgers-Newark to a scoreless draw, but saw their season come to an end in penalty kicks, 3-2, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday at Brandeis University.

The Polar Bears end their fantastic 2017 campaign with a 10-4-4 record. The Scarlet Raiders advance with their first tie of the season (20-2-1).

Game Highlights

  • In the 30th minute, Fabio de sousa cut through a pair of defenders and booted a left-footed shot towards the left post. The ball curled just wide, leaving the teams scoreless.
  • Shortly after, de sousa bounced a shot off the crossbar from close range on the right post.
  • In the 35th minute, Levi Morant headed Bowdoin's best shot of the half just over the crossbar on a feed from Drake Byrd.
  • Morant rang a shot off the crossbar less than ten minutes into the second half.
  • Throughout the game, Bowdoin controlled the majority of play but was unable to put together scoring opportunities.
  • The Scarlet Knights had their most sustained pressure in the first overtime frame, never allowing the Polar Bears to control beyond midfield.
  • Bowdoin possessed the ball more in the second overtime, but neither team was able to muster any offense.
  • Rutgers-Newark went up 1-0 following the first round of penalty kicks, but Stevie Van Siclen made a diving stop on the second one he faced.
  • Matty McColl and Moctar Niang both converted on rounds three and four, combining with another Van Siclen stop, to tie the shootout at 2-2 going into the final round.
  • After a successful conversion by Hubert Dul, Andres Medina dove to his left and turned away Bowdoin's final shot of the season.

By the Numbers

  • Bowdoin held a slight 12-10 edge in shots, but Rutgers-Newark managed the only shots of either overtime frame.
  • The Scarlet Knights held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
  • Van Siclen ended the game with three saves and two PK stops.
  • Medina turned away three shots in regulation.