BRUNSWICK, Maine – The No. 1 Amherst College men's soccer team used a goal in the 47th minute from Weller Hlinomaz '18 and five saves from keeper Lee Owen '18 as the Purple & White powered to a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC opener for both teams at Pickard Field in Brunswick, Maine.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0-0 on the season, 1-0-0 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin moves to 1-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 in league play. The Purple & White return to action Saturday, Sept. 17 at Middlebury College at 12 p.m., while the Polar Bears travel to Southern Maine for a non-conference tilt on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.
A scoreless first half saw Amherst outshoot Bowdoin, 13-2, including a header on target by Andrew Orozco '17 in the ninth minute. The Purple & White continued to pressure the Polar Bears' goal as Luke Nguyen '19 and Christopher Martin '17 each tested the Bowdoin goalkeeper but could not find the back of the net.
The Polar Bears had a pair of opportunities of their own as Sam Ward fired a shot on target that was turned aside by Owen in the 11th minute. Ward had another shot on frame in the 26th minute, but Owen was once again equal to the task, keeping the game level at 0-0.
A shot by Amherst's Bryce Ciambella '17 at the 42:38 mark was corralled by Stevie Van Siclen who made five of his nine saves in the first 45 minutes of the contest.
Following intermission, the Purple & White broke through when Hlinomaz cashed in his second goal of the 2016 campaign following a long throw-in and a loose ball in the box to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage just 1:27 into the second stanza.
Bowdoin had a look at an equalizer in the 59th minute when Ward sent a corner kick into the box to Moctar Niang who put an attempt on target but was denied by Owen to keep it at 1-0. The Polar Bears added two more shots on goal as Riley Bubb and Matty McColl each tested the Purple & White goalie, but could not break through.
- Owen (2-0-0) picked up his first collegiate-career shutout victory between the pipes and finished with five saves in the winning effort.
- Martin led all players with six shots, including four on target, while Ciambella registered five shots with one on goal.
- Van Siclen made nine saves in the losing effort for Bowdoin, while Ward notched two shots (both on goal) to lead the Polar Bears' offensive efforts.
- Amherst held a 19-7 advantage in total shots, while Bowdoin owned a 4-0 differential in corner kicks in the contest.