BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior Ethan Ellsworth scored the game-winning goal in the third minute for the Bowdoin College men's soccer team during a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon in Brunswick, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Ellsworth snuck a shot into the corner of the net from the top of the box off a cross by junior Levi Morant 2:13 into the game for the Polar Bears (3-1-0, 1-1-0 in NESCAC).
- Freshman forward James Schubauer almost played the role of hero for the Cardinals (3-1-0, 0-1-0 in NESCAC) during the 89th minute, as he sent a drive on goal, but Bears senior goalkeeper Stevie Van Siclen (3-1-0) turned the effort aside.
- Wesleyan applied pressure midway through the opening half, with junior midfielder Komar Martinez-Paiz testing Van Siclen in the 19th minute. The visitors nearly generated the equalizer in the 20th minute, as freshman defender Sam Serxner set up sophomore midfielder Cameron Park with a top-notch scoring opportunity, but Van Siclen made a diving stop.
- The Cardinals came out of the gates at halftime with a couple opportunities, as Schubauer and Martinez-Paiz sent a couple balls on target in the 47th and 48th minutes, respectively, but neither of them found their way into the back of the net.
- Freshman goalkeeper Chris Franklin made his collegiate debut for Wesleyan, shutting the door in the second half and making his first save on a shot by Bears senior midfielder Sam Ward in the 57th minute. The Scarborough, Maine native also tallied a stop on an effort by junior Matty McColl with seven minutes left, keeping Wesleyan within striking distance.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals, who have qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament five times and the NESCAC Tournament 16 times, dating back to the 2000 season, outshot the Bears, 9-7, on Saturday. The visitors also compiled a 5-3 advantage in shots on target.
- Martinez-Paiz led the way with a game-high three shots, to go along with two on goal, and Schubauer and Park fired two shots apiece for Wesleyan. For Bowdoin, sophomore Jason Oliver posted a team-high two shots.
- Both teams played a smart brand of soccer in its defensive zones, with Wesleyan taking two corner kicks and Bowdoin attempting zero. Bowdoin committed 17 infractions and Wesleyan was whistled for 14 fouls and was guilty of one yellow-card booking.
- Van Siclen earned the win for the hosts, posting a game-high five stops, while senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett (3-1-0) suffered his first loss of the season, recording one save in the opening 45 minutes.
- The Cardinals will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. showdown against Vassar at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn., and then the squad will host NESCAC-rival Bates on Saturday at 2 p.m.