Williams ends men's soccer season
A solid season of Bowdoin Men's soccer came to a bitter end this past
Saturday as the Polar Bears fell to Williams College 3-0 in the semifinals
of the NESCAC playoffs.
Williams capitalized on what proved to be three key Bowdoin mistakes
while simultaneously shutting down Bowdoin's powerful offensive machine.
After taking down our beloved Polar Bears, Williams trampled over Middlebury
to win a second straight championship.
The one bright spot for the team was the recognition of three seniors
for their stellar play all season as seniors Reeves Livesay, Patrick Bracewell,
and David Bulow were awarded All-NESCAC honors.
Saturday's match saw the Polar Bears contain the Williams offense through
the first half, an offense that had played a large part in propelling
the Ephmen to their number-one ranking.
During the second half, a Bowdoin foul five yards outside the box led
to the Eph's first goal. The resulting free kick by Williams bounced off
the crossbar and Bowdoin's defense failed to clear the ball.
A solid strike by the Williams sweeper put the Ephmen up 1-0. Just ten
minutes later Bowdoin was penalized again, when a Williams scorer was
taken down inside the box.
Keeper Travis Derr '04 saved the initial penalty kick shot, but Williams
collected the rebound and managed to knock it into the net for a two-goal
While the Polar Bears' 2001 season ended on Saturday, their solid 2001
performance is reflected by the All-NESCAC awards for Livesay, Bracewell,
Additionally, Bulow has written himself into the Bowdoin College record
books, capturing records in career points (86), career assists (22), single-season
goals (17), single-season assists (9), and single-season points (39).
He tied the record for total career goals with 32.
While these records are remarkable, what has lead to the success of the
Polar Bears this year and for the past four years have been the contributions
made by every member of the team. This year was highlighted by key contributions
from players at every position and every class. Congratulations to a great
season, men, especially to the graduating seniors; your efforts on the
pitch will be remembered. Go U Bears!