Men's Soccer Edges Out Bowdoin, 2-1

Courtesty of  Bowdoin Sports Information

Ben Norton '14 netted the game winner in the 75th minute off a Casey McNamara '13 cross giving Amherst a 2-1 win.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Ben Norton ’14 (Denver, Colo.) scored the game-winning goal with 15 minutes remaining in regulation to lift the fourth-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at Bowdoin on Sunday. With the win, Amherst improved to 11-0-1 (7-0-1 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears dropped to 4-5-3 (1-5-2 NESCAC) on the year.

The evenly-played contest featured back-and-forth physical play throughout, with neither team able to break into the scoring column during the first half.

Hoping to seize momentum coming out of the break, the Jeffs won an early set piece in the second period. Stepping up to take the corner, sophomore Jae Heo (Changwon, S.Korea) sent a cross to the near post, finding teammate Alejandro Sucre ’13 (Caracas, Venezuela), who headed in the game’s first marker at 49:28.

Looking to keep pace, Bowdoin quickly responded, taking advantage of its own corner kick, as Zach Ostrup ’13 lofted a well-placed cross to Sean Bishop ’12, who headed it into the side-netting at 59:46.

Searching for the game winner in the 75th minute, senior co-captain Sam Kaplan (Brunswick, Maine), played a long ball to Casey McNamara ’13 on the right flank. Taking a quick touch, McNamara played a perfect cross into the box, that allowed Norton to deflect the ball inside the far post at 74:27.

Bowdoin pressured Amherst netminder Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) down the stretch, but couldn't find the equalizer as the Jeffs clung to the 2-1 victory.

Kovacs finished with four save in the win, while Will Wise ’14 had three stops in net for Bowdoin.

Amherst, which finished with a slim 11-10 shot advantage and 3-2 edge in corners, returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 22 against Wesleyan.