Early Score Lifts Bowdoin Over Men’s Soccer

Daniel O'Grady had four shots during Saturday's contest with Bowdoin.
Daniel O'Grady had four shots during Saturday's contest with Bowdoin.

Bowdoin's Drake Byrd scored the match's lone goal with just 11 under minutes elapsed, before holding off late charges by Middlebury during a 1-0 NESCAC win Saturday on South Street Field. The Panthers (2-2-1, 1-2-0) return to the field Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. start at Hamilton, while Bowdoin (3-3-0, 1-2-0) plays at Southern Maine on Wednesday evening.

In a hard-fought contest, the Polar Bears tallied the only goal at the 10:57 mark. Following a foul by the hosts, Byrd rifled a right-footed shot that rode the wind from 22 yards away, tucking in under the upper-left corner for his second goal of the season.

The best chance for Middlebury came with just over a minute left in the opening stanza when Daniel O'Grady found space behind the Polar Bear defense on a cross, but his volley was saved by goalkeeper Owen Wolfson.  

In the second frame, the hosts made a push for the equalizer, with the best opportunity coming with 22:03 showing on the clock. Wolfson caught a mid-air volley by O'Grady following a cross from Raffi Barsamian on the left wing, while the Polar Bear keeper made another stop on a shot from Ben Potter nearly six minutes later. Middlebury continued to keep the pressure up in the final minutes, but was unable to knot the match.

Matthew Hyer finished with three saves in goal for the Panthers, while Chris Kingston tallied the win playing the first 25:21 before coming off due to injury. Wolfson ended the match with five stops for the visitors in 64:39 of action.

The match saw the hosts hold a 12-5 lead in shots, while Middlebury took four of the contest's five corner kicks.