BRUNSWICK, Maine--The Bates College men's soccer team led 1-0 at halftime, but Bowdoin College scored three second half goals to defeat the Bobcats 3-1 in a NESCAC match played this afternoon on the Polar Bears' Pickard Field.
Bowdoin (8-3-2, 4-2-2 NESCAC) extends its unbeaten streak to eight matches. The Bobcats fall to 8-5 overall and 3-5 in NESCAC play. Bates scored on its first shot of the game. At 18:29 into the match, first-year Frederick Hohmann (Bonn, Germany) notched his first collegiate goal. First-year Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) sent a cross from the right side of the field, finding Hohmann who was able to knock the ball into the back of the goal with his left foot at the left post. Bates came inches away from making it 2-0, when senior Morgan Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.) clanged a shot off the crossbar in the 20th minute.
The momentum switched to Bowdoin in the second half as the Polar Bears tallied three goals to secure the win. The first Bowdoin goal came in the 55th minute. Brian Bae stayed with the play and got in behind the Bates goalkeeper, recording the equalizer on a low rolling shot. Just 96 seconds later, Matt Uek put the Polar Bears on top. His header goal came off a cross from Drake Byrd from the left side. In the 66th minute, Ryan Houseman added the insurance goal for Bowdoin. Byrd earned his second assist of the game, sending the cross from the left side, and Houseman scored far post to make it 3-1.
Senior Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) made four saves in all 90 minutes in goal for the Bobcats. Chris Kingston made two saves in 90 minutes in goal for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin finished with an 11-5 edge in shots. Each team earned six corners.
"We all have to be better this weekend against Middlebury," Bobcat head coach Tyler Sheikh said.
The Bobcats play another NESCAC match on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Middlebury at noon.