2016-09-19 / Sports

Bowdoin gets 1-0 men’s soccer win

The Times Record

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.

The Bowdoin College men’s soccer team defeated host Wesleyan, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon to collect the Polar Bears’ first conference victory of the year.

The Polar Bears (3-1, 1-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference) handed the Cardinals (2-1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) their first loss. Saturday’s matchup was a rematch of last year’s NESCAC Championship, which Bowdoin won 1-0 in overtime.

The game’s lone goal came 15:47 into play off the head of Moctar Niang. Ethan Ellsworth set up the play with a free kick from just outside the box that curved to Niang on the back post. The sophomore headed the ball past Jack Katkavich for a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals outshot the Polar Bears in both halves, edging Bowdoin 4-3 in the first and 6-4 in the second. Wesleyan was unable to solve Stevie Van Siclen, who stopped four shots to earn the shutout.

Katkavich ended the day with four saves as well, with his team earning the only two corner kicks in the first half.

The Polar Bears host Bates on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in another NESCAC matchup.

Volleyball

Amherst took the final two sets en route to a key 3-1 NESCAC win over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Jeffs improved to 4-1 (1- 0 NESCAC).

The visitors claimed the win by match scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19. Leading by three late in the opening set, Amherst closed on a 7-1 run, capped by a kill by Nicole Gould to cap the win.

Bowdoin used a 7-0 run on Katie Doherty’s serve in the second set to take a commanding lead en route to the victory that evened the score at one apiece.

A tight third saw the teams trade the lead on multiple occasions before a 6-1 Amherst run pushed its advantage to 21-15 on the way to a 25-18 win.

After trailing midway through the fourth, the Polar Bears pushed the Purple and White to the limit, closing to within 22-19. Amherst claimed the final three points of the match to seal the victory.

Bowdoin got a match-high 16 kills from Caroline Flaharty, while Michelle Albright added 13 and Erika Sklaver had 10. Quincy Leech dished out 42 assists and had 17 digs, while Katie Doherty earned 22 digs and had three aces

On Saturday, Bowdoin dropped its second straight, this one in five sets to Williams.

The Ephs won by set scores of 25-23, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 15-13 to improve to 3-4 overall, 1-1 NESCAC. Bowdoin completed the weekend with a 4-3 record, 0-2 in the NESCAC.

Bowdoin got 16 kills apiece from Sklaver and Sydney Salle.

Bowdoin will look to bounce back on Wednesday evening with its annual non-conference match against Bates in Lewiston at 7 p.m.

Field hockey

Bowdoin extended its shutout streak with a 4-0 NESCAC win over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

The top-ranked Polar Bears (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) have not allowed a goal since Sept. 7, stringing together three consecutive shut-out wins following the season opener.

The Cardinals are 1-3 overall, 0-1 in the NESCAC.

Bowdoin scored all four goals in the first half of play. Kara Finnerty scored the first of her two goals 12:59 into the game off a feed by Juliana Fiore.

Elizabeth Bennewitz collected her own rebound off a direct shot penalty corner and drove in the team’s second goal of the half. Finnerty followed up with another tally for the Polar Bears two minutes later, giving Bowdoin a 3- 0 lead.

Kimmy Ganong rounded out the game’s scoring after finishing off a feed from Mettler Growney with five minutes to play in the half.

The Polar Bears dominated the game offensively, holding a 26-2 edge in shots and 11-2 corner advantage.

Claire Edelman made eight first-half stops in net for Wesleyan, before Delaney Wood stopped seven in the second. Clara Belitz and Liz Rill combined for a complete-game shutout.

The Polar Bears play another conference game on Tuesday as they travel north to Waterville for a 7 p.m. matchup against Colby.

Women’s soccer

Three different players tallied, including a pair of first career scorers, to lead Bowdoin to a 3-1 win at Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin controlled the pace of play for the majority of the first half and were rewarded in the 31st minute when Nikki Wilson put home her second goal of the season to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead at intermission.

First-year Talia Missan notched her first career goal at the 66-minute mark to double Bowdoin’s lead.

Wesleyan answered just 2:40 later, trimming the lead to 2-1 with a goal from Sophia Linguiti.

Bowdoin settled in and got a key insurance tally from first-year Morgen Gallagher, whose first collegiate goal at 74:48 put the contest on ice.

Rachel Stout made four of her five saves in the second half to help secure the victory for Bowdoin.

On Sunday, Brigit Bergen netted a hat trick in Bowdoin’s 6-0 victory over Husson in Bangor.

Bowdoin improved to 4-1 and visits Middlebury this upcoming Saturday at 11 a.m.

Sophia Lemmer, Julia Patterson and Kate Rusk-Kosa also had a goal in the win, while Stout turned away one shot.

Former Wiscasset High School standout Kayla Gordon made eight saves in the net for Husson (2-4).

Cross country

The Bowdoin women took first, while the men finished as runners-up at the season-opening Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

In the women’s race, the Polar Bears had 20 points to edge past St. Francis, Nova Scotia (56 points), the University of New England (56), Emmanuel (124) and 5. Lyndon State (149).

In the men’s race, St. Francis rolled with 17 points to slip past Bowdoin (38), the University of New England (95) and Emmanuel (102).

The Bowdoin women placed four of the top five finishers to easily pull away from the field in the 5,000- meter race. Sarah Kelley took first individually with a time of 18:47.7, with first-year Anne McKee close behind in 1:49.9. Sarah Kinney (19:08) and Julia O’Rourke (19:11.1) also claimed top-five finishes, placing in fourth and fifth, respectively.

St. Francis placed five of the top six finishers in the men’s race to take first overall in the 8,000-meter race.

Bowdoin’s top finisher was Matt Jacobson in fourth place in a time of 25:20.9. Andrew McGowan (7th, 26:11), Bridger Tomlin (8th, 26:15.9), Nicholas Walker (9th, 26:16.1) and Naphtali Moulton (10th, 26:26.8) also claimed top- 10 showings for the Polar Bears.

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