BRUNSWICK, Maine - Despite a late flurry by the Husson University men's soccer team (1-4-1) cutting the score defecit in half, the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (2-2-0) captured the 2-1 victory thanks to a pair of second half goals on Tuesday afternoon at Pickard Field.
Five minutes into the match, Benjamin Powell stopped not only one, but two penalty kicks in net for the Eagles. He held off the Polar Bears through the entire first half until the 50th minute when a Matt McColl corner kick curled towards the goal and slipped between the gloves of Powell to give the hosts a 1-0 edge. Bowdoin doubled their lead in the 62nd minute as Drake Byrd fed a low cross to the foot of Luke Lockwood, who buried it with his left foot to make it 2-0.
Husson made it interesting just three minutes later, as a long ball from Shuby Bodke sailed down the center of the field. Nathan Firlings launched into the air connecting the ball with his head, directing it past Bowdoin goaltender Owen Wolfson to trim the lead to 2-1. The Eagles made a late push and Wolfson was forced to make two saves down the stretch to seal the win for the Polar Bears.
"Another very encouraging performance today," remarked Head Coach Gavin Penny. "Although the result did not fall our way, we have given Bowdoin a real contest and almost found ourselves an equalizer in the dying seconds. I feel the buzz around this group, the confidence and trust they are building with one another fills me with confidence in what they are able to accomplish. We are all excited about our cross country journey to find out what SUNY Canton is all about."
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Powell made eight saves on the night including two impressive penalty kick saves, and his counterpart, Wolfson, stopped two shots.
Bowdoin owned a 22-3 edge in shots for the match and held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Eagles are set to play their fifth straight game on the road, journeying to SUNY Canton on Saturday, September 15th for a 1:30 pm match.