BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin senior Matty McColl set a new program record with four assists in the Polar Bear men's soccer team's season-opening 4-0 win over the University of New England on Tuesday afternoon.
McColl breaks the former record of three assists in a game held by five different players, most recently by Danny Chaffetz vs. Bates in 2010. The Polar Bears improve to 1-0 with the victory while the Nor'easters suffer their first setback of the year and drop to 1-1.
- The Polar Bears controlled the pace of play throughout but couldn't find the back of the net until late in the opening half.
- UNE netminder Will Shearon kept his team in contention with six first-half saves, including several diving efforts to keep Bowdoin off the board.
- CJ Masterson finally broke through for Bowdoin in the 43rd minute as a cross from Matty McColl bounced through the box to his waiting foot. Masterson blasted a shot under the crossbar to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 edge heading into the break.
- Bowdoin scored three times in a 13-minute span in the second half to put the contest on ice, all of nifty feeds from McColl.
- He broke loose Charlie Ward with a long ball to help the first-year notch his first collegiate goal in the 59th minute before feeding Drake Byrd a low cross in the 65th minute to make it 3-0.
- He helped close out the scoring by threading the needle to Moctar Niang in the 72nd minute.
By The Numbers
- Bowdoin owned a 36-2 shot advantage and 14-1 edge in corner kicks
- Will Shearon finished with nine saves for UNE in 82 minutes before giving way to Tom Benoit, who was not credited with a save.
- Chris Kingston posted his first collegiate shutout for Bowdoin, stopping two shots in the victory.
- Bowdoin will host Amherst in its NESCAC opener on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
- UNE hosts Thomas College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.