Men's soccer: Ready to rumble
Tomorrow, the 2001 version of the Bowdoin Men's Soccer Team travels to
Trinity College for their first match of the year. Coming off the best
record in school history (14-2-2), this year's squad boasts a group of
solid veterans and a stellar new class of first-year recruits. Lost to
graduation were four seniors who played major roles in the 2000 campaign,
leading Bowdoin to the ECAC championship game.
While last year's seniors will be missed, the overriding feeling among
returning players is that the 2001 squad is more technically skilled than
last year, and has even improved in some defensive positions that were
Speaking on the success of last year, Bulow highlighted Bowdoin's ability
to capitalize on other team's mistakes and then shut them down.
Senior captain Patrick Bracewell supported Bulow's sentiment, saying,
"Much of our success last year came from our ability to minimize
mistakes, and we need to do the same this year."
A major force behind Bowdoin's solid play was the stellar performance
of goaltender Travis Derr '04. The netminder recorded eleven shutouts
last season, and posted a goals-against average (0.611) that was fourth
best in the nation.
These three outstanding athletes will be joined by more-than-capable
captains Reeves Livesay '01 and Kevin Folan '03, as well as the gritty
and talented Conor Dowley '02 and Jeff Corsetti '02.
Saturday's match against Trinity will not only be the first test in a
regular season packed with tough opponents, but also marks the first game
versus another NESCAC team.
This year's NESCAC schedule, as usual, pits Bowdoin against nine other
Key games will come when Bowdoin looks to deal payback to nationally-ranked
teams like Willliams on September 15 and Middlebury one week later.
Middlebury routinely showcases talented teams, and was responsible for
keeping Bowdoin out of the NCAA tournament, squeaking by them on penalty
kicks in the semifinal of last season's NESCAC championship.
Beyond NESCAC, Bowdoin has upgraded its schedule this year, dropping
the always-spirited but seldom competitive game against Maine Maritime
in favor of the nationally-ranked Wheaton College.
Tomorrow's matchup with the Bantams from Trinity promises to be grueling,
but there will be little rest for the team. The Polar Bears return home
to face off against Babson College at 2:00 the next day in a big opening
weekend. Best of luck men, GO U BEARS!