BRUNSWICK—There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when men’s soccer cruised past Colby College (4-3-7; 1–3–5 NESCAC) on Wednesday at Pickard Men’s Soccer Field. The number 14 ranked Bowdoin team now boasts a record of 10-1-2 (5-1-2 NESCAC).
After a scoreless first half, Bowdoin scored in the 48th minute off of a Carlton Steinberg ’24 penalty kick that was gained by the acrobatic dribbling of Julian Juantorena ’23 to get the Polar Bears into scoring position. In the 76th minute, Dylan Reid ’22 assisted his classmate Minseo Bae ’22 for a beautiful goal to seal the game for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears were coming into the game off of five straight shutouts, and this game was no different, with Michael Webber ’23 making save after save to hold Colby scoreless.
The first half started off relatively timid, with just one shot on goal from either side through the first 15 minutes of play. As the game progressed, both teams got more confident, with the Polar Bears in particular taking an abundance of shots, none of which found the back of the net in the first half.
Bae took shots in both the 18th and 24th minutes, both good opportunities that ultimately went slightly too high and too wide. In the 32nd minute, Mateo Pacelli ’26 had a remarkable chance at a goal but was stopped by Colby.
As the half wound down, a Colby midfielder found a hole in Bowdoin’s formation, getting the ball into the attacking third and past Webber for what seemed certain to be a Colby goal. However, Reid was there to save the day. His miraculous tackle cleared the ball and prevented Colby from going up by a goal before the half.
“I knew that [the Colby midfielder] was going to try and take a touch past Webber because of the angle that he had created, so I just ran straight past him and tried to go straight to the goal,” Reid said. “When the guy took a touch to the outside, it kind of slowed him down and allowed me to catch up.”
After the half, it only took a few minutes for Bowdoin to get back in the swing of things. In the 48th minute, Juantorena had a remarkable drive into scoring territory before getting fouled, leading to a Bowdoin penalty kick.
Steinberg stepped up to take the kick, sinking a clinical shot into the bottom right corner of the net to put the Polar Bears up 1-0.
“In the NESCAC, [penalty kicks] are hard to come by, so we were lucky to get a good call. I felt pretty confident,” Steinberg said. “Luckily the goalie didn’t dive my way.”
The Mules looked primed to come back, but Webber and the Bowdoin defense shut down any scoring opportunities that Colby might have had.
After a Bae corner kick in the 75th minute couldn’t find a Bowdoin player, Reid placed a beautiful cross into the box. Bae was on the other end, placing a perfect header into the top right corner of the net for a 2–0 Polar Bear lead that erased any possibility of a Colby comeback.
That goal capped off a dominant Bowdoin second half—which has become somewhat of a pattern for the team.
“We’re a second half team. That’s where we score most of our goals,” Steinberg said.
The men’s soccer team will take on Wesleyan University (7–3–3; 3–2–3 NESCAC) at Pickard Men’s Soccer Field at noon tomorrow before traveling to Medford to take on Tufts University (6–2–5; 2–2–4 NESCAC) on Tuesday in its final game of the season.