BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored twice in the final 20 minutes of the game Tuesday afternoon and posted a 2-0 shutout of Plymouth State University. The Polar Bears, ranked third in New England and 21st in the nation, improve to 2-0 on the year, while the Panthers, ranked eighth in New England, drop their first contest of the year and fall to 3-1.
Although Bowdoin controlled the pace of play for the majority of the contest- holding a 23-9 shots advantage- the Panther defense proved up to the task. Plymouth State netminder Dan Custance (Holderness, N.H.) made several sprawling stops in the first half, as the Polar Bears could not manage to break into the scoring column.
In the 71st minute, the Polar Bears caused a turnover in the midfield as Simon Parsons took control of the ball on the left wing. Parsons crossed the ball to rookie Nick Figueiredo, who notched his first career goal by one-timing the pass into the goal for a 1-0 Bowdoin lead. Drew Russo doubled Bowdoin's lead at 80:13 when he put back a rebound off Custance to clinch the contest.
Polar Bear goalkeeper Nathan Lovitz was strong, making five saves in his first career shutout. Custance made 11 saves in defeat.
PSU returns home to host Bridgewater State Thursday at 6:00 p.m., and entertains UMass Dartmouth on Saturday in the Little East Conference opener (3:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information)
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