Soccer downs Amherst; Bulow bags, ties records
After a tough homecoming loss to Wesleyan last Saturday, the Bowdoin
Men's Soccer Team bounced back on Sunday in the NESCAC playoffs, taking
down Amherst 3-2 in overtime.
The tone of the homecoming match against Wesleyan was set early on when
the Cardinals knocked in a goal after 1:08. Wesleyan notched another goal
at 23:43 in the first half, a tally that would prove to be the game-winner.
Bowdoin finally retaliated with a goal when David Bulow '02 touched a
free kick over to Kevin Folan '03, who found first year Bobby Desilets
inside the box. Desilets put the ball away, but that was the only Bear
highlight of the match.
Visibly suffering from the loss of Bart McMann '03, who did not play
on Saturday, The Bears failed to shut Wesleyan down in the midfield, ultimately
costing them the game.
As if the loss were not enough, senior Patrick Bracewell was sent off
with a red card, and was followed by Ainscough after his strong objections
to a referee's judgment.
As a result, both Bracewell and head coach Brian Ainscough were not allowed
to participate in Sunday's match against Amherst.
Against the Jeffs, the Polar Bears again started slowly, allowing Amherst
to go up by two goals after a scoreless first half.
With just twenty-two minutes left in the game, first year Thomas Bresnehan
blasted in a goal off of a Bulow pass.
Chris Fuller '03 kept Bowdoin's playoff run alive by chipping in a rebound,
knotting the score at 2-2 with just four minutes left to play.
After a scoreless overtime period, a shot from Bulow hit the post and
wound up in the net after an Amherst defender misstruck the ball. Bulow
was credited with the goal, his 32nd of the year, and tied for Bowdoin's
career goal record.
The win put the Polar Bears into the tournament semifinals. They face
the Ephmen from Williams in Massachusetts tomorrow. Bowdoin now has a
chance to avenge a loss to Williams earlier in the season as they try
for the NESCAC championship. Bowdoin made the semifinals last year, but
lost to Middlebury on penalty kicks.
Best of luck to the Polar Bears this weekend as they face the number
one Division III team in the nation. GO U BEARS!