Middlebury

Bowdoin Downs Men's Soccer

October 1, 2006

Goalkeeper Nathan Lovitz stopped eight shots for his second shutout of the weekend as the Bowdoin College men's soccer team defeated Middlebury on Sunday, 2-0. The Polar Bears, who got goals from Simon Parsons and Brendan Egan, improve to 6-1-0 (4-1-0 NESCAC), while Middlebury falls to 5-2-0 (3-2-0 NESCAC).

In a tightly-played first-half, Bowdoin was able to get on the board at 37:35, when Nick Figueiredo controlled the ball at midfield and played a long pass forward. With Middlebury netminder Zach Toth drawn out of position, Simon Parsons flicked the ball from 20 yards past the outstretched arms of Toth into the goal for a 1-0 Polar Bear lead.

Bowdoin maintained the one-goal lead through halftime and into the second stanza as the squads settled into a defensive battle.

Middlebury's best chance to score came late in the contest, as the Panthers earned a corner kick with a minute to play. The ball was played into the box where Lovitz punched it away to the feet of Wolf Grueber. Grueber played the ball downfield to Brendan Egan who, with goaltender Toth in the offensive zone to play the corner kick for Middlebury, went the length of the field unabated and added an empty-net goal with just 31 seconds to play.

Lovitz made five stops in the second period to finish with a total of eight. Toth made two saves in the loss for Middlebury. Both teams return to action at home next Saturday, when Bowdoin plays Tufts and Middlebury faces Amherst.

--courtesy Bowdoin--