Bowdoin Claims 3-0 Decision Against Trinity in Men's Soccer Quarterfinals
Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team beat Trinity for the second time in eight days, collecting a 3-0 win in the Quarterfinals of the 2009 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Polar Bears improve to 11-3-1 and will face Williams in the semifinals next weekend. Trinity's season likely ends with a record of 10-4-1.
Just over a week since downing Trinity, 2-0 in Hartford, Bowdoin took the lead in the 22nd minute on Sunday. A perfectly-played free kick by Sean Bishop found the head of Call Nichols, who netted his second goal of the season to give the hosts a one-goal edge. Bowdoin carried the lead through halftime into the 52nd minute, when Bishop booted a loose ball into the corner of the net to give the Polar Bears a two-goal advantage.
Trinity's best chance to cut into the lead came minutes later, when Samuel Wisner took a shot in close that Bowdoin netminder Dan Hicks punched away. The Polar Bears put the game away with under seven minutes to play when Tim Prior found Nick Powell behind the Trinity defense. Powell deked Bantam goaltender Grant Schonberg and tapped it into the net for a three-goal lead.
Hicks made six saves for Bowdoin in 85 minutes of play before giving way to Garrick Sheldon in the final five. Schonberg stopped a dozen shots in 85 minutes before being relieved by Nathan Maggiotto. Bowdoin held a 20-15 edge in shots and 7-1 lead in corner kicks for the contest.
Next Saturday's contest with Williams will be a rematch of a phenomenal game on October 17 in Brunswick, won in overtime by the Ephs 3-2.