Big Second Half Lifts Men's Soccer Over Bates

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored three times in a span of 11:27 in the second half to stun Bates on Wednesday afternoon, 3-1.

The Polar Bears (8-3-2, 4-2-2 NESCAC) run their unbeaten streak to eight games with the victory and are undefeated in their last 20 games (15-0-5) against the Bobcats dating back to 1999. Bates falls to 8-5-0 (3-5-0 NESCAC).

Match Highlights

  • Bowdoin controlled the pace of play in the opening half, owning a 5-2 shot advantage, but it was the Bobcats who got on the board first as Frederick Hohmann put home a low crossing pass from Ciaran Bardong at 18:29 to give the visitors at 1-0 lead.
  • The Bobcats had a chance to double their lead just minutes later, but a shot from Morgan Dewdney rang off the crossbar, keeping Bowdoin's deficit at one goal heading into the break.
  • After a quiet opening ten minutes of the second half, Bowdoin erupted for three goals in less than 12 minutes to run away from Bates.
  • Brian Bae got it started for the Polar Bears, collecting a loose ball that was fumbled by Bates netminder Robbie Montanaro and ripping a shot from the left side that deflected off a defender and into the goal to deadlock the match at 54:15.
  • That opened the floodgates for Bowdoin, who took the lead 1:46 later when Drake Byrd beat his defender on the left wing and fed a perfectly-placed ball to Matt Uek, who powered a header to the bottom left corner at 55:51.
  • The Polar Bears put the game on ice in the 65th minute, when Byrd again beat his defender and crossed into the box for the foot of Ryan Houseman, who one-timed it into the goal at 65:42.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin's Chris Kingston made two saves in goal while Montanaro finished with four for Bates.
  • The Polar Bears owned an 11-5 advantage in shots and corner kicks were tied 6-6.
  • Bates was charged with 18 fouls in the match compared to five for Bowdoin.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin is home for Senior Day on Saturday as they host Connecticut College at noon.
  • Bates heads to Middlebury for a Saturday match at noon.