Ward Hat-Trick Paces Polar Bears Past USM on Wednesday Night

Charlie Ward had three second half goals against the Huskies
Charlie Ward had three second half goals against the Huskies

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Charlie Ward netted a hat-trick to pace the Bowdoin men's soccer team to a 6-1 win over visiting University of Southern Maine on Wednesday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (3-1-3) exploded for five second half goals. The Huskies (0-7-2) made it 2-1 early in the second half, but were unable to hold off the Bowdoin offense. 

Game Highlights

  • Bowdon jumped into the game with a goal just 40 seconds into action. Ian Strudwick worked the ball down the right side, battling into the corner of the box, and crossed a pass to Jason Oliver for a one-timer from just outside the goal box. The tally was Oliver's first collegiate goal.
  • USM looked for an equalizer less than a minute into the second half as James Hutchinson chipped a shot up from the top of the penalty box. Michael Webber reacted quickly to jump into the air and pull the ball down and keep the Huskies off the board.
  • The Polar Bears doubled their lead 1:11 into the second half off a quick throw-in from Alex Chaban to Ward.
  • Three minutes later, Ward capped the hat-trick as Brian Bae found him at the top of the box for a one-touch and shot to the far left post.
  • With ten minutes remaining, Matt Uek worked his way through three USM defenders and blasted a left-footed shot across his body back inside the right post.
  • Strudwick had his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute of play, working the ball down the left sideline and carrying across the top of the box before firing a shot off in stride to the right post.

By the Numbers

  • Bowdoin held a 26-6 short advantage and 13-2 edge in corner kicks.
  • Michael Webber made two stops in 80 minutes of action. Sam McDowell came in to finish out the game for Bowdoin.
  • Cameron Atherton made nine saves for the Huskies.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears play a 12:00 p.m. game at Trinity on Saturday.
  • USM hosts Castleton at noon on Saturday.