The Hamilton College men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie against Bowdoin College in NESCAC action at Hamilton's Love Field on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams tied for the first time this season. Hamilton (7-5-1, 3-4-1 NESCAC) and Bowdoin (7-3-1, 3-2-1) are part of a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference standings along with Williams College. The Continentals have two NESCAC games remaining while Bowdoin and Williams both have four left to play. The top four teams host a NESCAC championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Bobby Chapman '19 put the Continentals on the scoreboard in the 25th minute to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead going into halftime. With the Buff and Blue charging into the Bowdoin zone, Aidan Wood '20 served a ball to the back post for a waiting Matt Casadei '19. Casadei deflected the cross to the top of the goal area where Jefri Schmidt '20 flipped the ball towards the upper-right corner. A Bowdoin defender headed the ball out of the goal for a defensive save, but the rebound landed on Chapman's foot and the senior midfielder rocketed the ball underneath the crossbar. Chapman also scored both goals against Bowdoin in a 2-1 victory in Brunswick, Maine, last season.
The Polar Bears netted the equalizer at the 50:13 mark when Moctar Niang headed a corner kick from Ryan Houseman into the upper-right corner.
The evenly matched contest ended with both goalkeepers tallying 12 saves. Hamilton's Thomas Benson '22 continues to lead the NESCAC with 58 saves through 10 appearances (833-plus minutes). He also improved his save percentage to .906 and goals against average to 0.65, ranking him second and fifth in the conference, respectively.
Hamilton's best chance in overtime came in the second extra period when the Continentals were awarded a free kick from 28 yards out during the 102nd minute. Noah Giovannelli '21 fired a curling shot towards the upper-right corner but Bowdoin goalkeeper Chris Kingston made his final save of the day.
Hamilton hosts Williams for a midweek NESCAC game on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.