Polar Bears get the better of Bobcats in men’s soccer, 2-1
Greg Nelson ’09
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Bowdoin College men’s soccer team won their season opener on Saturday, defeating NESCAC rival Bates College by a score of 2-1.
Bates will travel to Amherst next Saturday. The Polar Bears (1-0) will return to action next Saturday against Colby College.
Bowdoin got on the board early with a goal by Wolf Grueber just 1:52 into the contest. Anthony Regis found Grueber in the box, who fired a turnaround shot to the lower-left corner for a 1-0 lead.
Bates evened the score midway through the half when sophomore forward Greg Nelson (Greenwich, Conn.) collected Patrick Grater’s (Mystic, Conn.) touch pass in the Bowdoin backfield and notched a goal at 22:21. It was the second goal of Nelson’s collegiate career.
The tie was short-lived, however, as Bowdoin’s Nick Figueiredo headed home a feed from Regis at 25:10, giving the Polar Bears the lead for good. Neither team could find the net in the second half as Bowdoin held on to victory.
Junior Aaron Schleicher (Londonderry, N.H.) made six saves for the Bobcats, while Nathan Lovitz stopped three shots for the Polar Bears.
Bates played without All-NESCAC junior forward Brent Morin, who served a one-game suspension due to drawing a red card in Bates’ final game of the 2005 season.
Bates (0-1) 1 0 – 1
Bowdoin (1-0) 2 0 – 2
BOW – 1:52 – Wolf Grueber (Anthony Regis)
BAT – 22:21 – Greg Nelson (Patrick Grater)
BOW – 25:10 – Nick Figueiredo (Regis)
BAT – Aaron Schleicher (90 min, 6 sv, 2 GA)
BOW – Nathan Lovitz (90 min, 3 sv, 1 GA)