Men's Soccer Wins NESCAC Tournament Game At Bowdoin

October 29, 2006

The Middlebury men's soccer team picked up an impressive NESCAC Tournament first-round win as they travelled to Maine and defeated Bowdoin, 2-1. The Panthers will play Amherst at Williams next Saturday in a semifinal contest at 1:30. The host school meets Bates at 11:00 in the other semifinal. The Championship game is set for noon on Sunday. The Polar Bears finish their season with a record of 10-4-1.

After nearly 60 minutes of scoreless play, a flurry of goals brought the crowd to life halfway through the second stanza. Middlebury scored first, as John Sales ripped a shot from the top of the box that was deflected by a Bowdoin defender to the foot of Casey Ftorek.

Middlebury's leading scorer took one touch to draw Bowdoin netminder Nathan Lovitz off his line, and kicked the ball to the lower-left corner of the goal for a 1-0 edge at 57:38.

The hosts answered just over a minute later, however, as Justin Ito-Adler volleyed a pass into the penalty area that hit a Panther defender and came to Bowdoin captain John Hollis. Hollis collected the loose ball and toed it inside the right post to even the score at 58:58.

The game-winner came just moments following an extraordinary save by Lovitz off a Middlebury header. The Panthers earned a corner kick that Alex Elias played perfectly into the box. David Lee struck a diving header just beyond the outstretched arms of Lovitz to give Middlebury a 2-1 edge with 25 minutes to go.

Bowdoin had several chances in the closing moments, but couldn't beat Panther netminder Zach Toth, who made seven stops in the winning effort.

Lovitz made five saves in defeat for the Polar Bears. The victory for Middlebury avenges an earlier-season loss to Bowdoin, who defeated the Panthers 2-0 on October 1.