Men's Soccer Suffers First Loss Of The Season

October 3, 2004

10/3/04 - Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season as they fell at Bowdoin/ The Polar Bears got a first-half goal from Andrew Russo and held off a late charge by the Panthers to take a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Polar Bears (6-2-0) bounce back from a loss to Amherst on Saturday, while the Panthers (5-1-1) come away with a loss and a tie in Maine this weekend.

The teams traded chances in the early going, but neither squad produced a goal until the 26th minute. Tom Bresnehan took the ball on the left side of the box on a breakaway and drove to the goal. His shot deflected off the hands of Middlebury netminder Craig Hirsch and found the waiting toe of Russo, who tapped the ball over the goalline for a 1-0 Polar Bear lead.

Russo had the next great scoring opportunity for Bowdoin early in the second frame, but a bullet from 20 yards out hit the inside of the left post and bounced parallel to the goalline, but stayed out to keep it 1-0 Bowdoin. The Panthers upped the pressure with minutes remaining and had two tremendous chances to even the score.

Hirsch made five saves in goal for Middlebury. Nathan Lovitz stopped four shots for Bowdoin.


Bowdoin, 1-0

at Brunswick, Maine

  1  2

Middlebury (5-1-1)  0  0  -  0

Bowdoin (6-2-0)  1  0  -  0



B  25:11  Andrew Russo (Tom Bresnehan)



M, Craig Hirsch (90 min, 5 sv, 1 GA)

B, Nathan Lovitz (90 min, 4 sv, 0 GA)


SHOTS: Bowdoin 13, Middlebury 11

CORNERS: Middlebury 8, Bowdoin 5


--From Bowdoin SID--