Men's soccer team ties 1-1 with Bowdoin after Iwowo's late equalizer

Jacob Iwowo and teammates Frederick Hohmann, James Peter (4) and Alec Szwarcewicz (right) react after his goal with 1:07 remaining tied Bowdoin in a 1-1 draw on Sept. 18, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Familiar foes Bates and Bowdoin played to a thrilling 1-1 draw in a NESCAC men's soccer match Wednesday night at Garcelon Field, in a classic hard-fought rivalry game, after Bates first-year Jacob Iwowo's equalizer in the 89th minute.

Both teams attempted 19 shots in the game and created excellent scoring chances during regulation. Bowdoin outshot Bates 5-1 over two overtime periods, but none were on target.

"I told the guys that to grab the second half for long stretches like we did without our captain shows a real pride of everyone to be a member of this Bates program," said Bates head coach Tyler Sheikh in reference to senior Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.), who was out of action. "We didn't start a senior today and our kids stepped up.  We all want to thank our fans who were terrific for what turned out to be a fun NESCAC tilt."  

Bowdoin (2-1-2, 0-1-2 NESCAC) scored in the 23rd minute as Julian Juantorena redirected a shot by Dylan Reid, after a Bates foul gave Bowdoin's Harry Cooper a free kick from 35 yards in front of the Bates goal. His long ball into the box found Dylan Reid sealing off a Bates defender. Reid could not control it but bodied the ball toward the goal. Bates sophomore Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) lunged toward both the ball and Bates junior goalie David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.), and both Bates defenders fell over, as did Bowdoin forward Julian Juantorena, while the ball bounced away. But Reid lunged, hooked his left foot and redirected the ball with the bottom of his cleat toward the left post. Juantorena got back up on his feet from the collision in time to give the ball an extra kick to ensure the goal.

Bates evened the game (3-1-1, 1-1-1 NESCAC) during a late assault on the Bowdoin goal. The play was set up by first-year Alex Kovacs (Hopkinton, Mass.) serving the ball into the box from near midfield. Senior Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) skimmed the ball with the top of his head and toward first-year Myles Guerrier (Canton, Mass.), standing with his back to the goal. Guerrier trapped the ball out to Iwowo, who one-timed a solid left-footed volley into the right side of the net, where Bowdoin keeper Michael Webber had no chance to put a hand on it.

Bowdoin posed a major threat in the 14th minute when Jason Oliver's hard shot was turned away by Goodstein but followed by a missile from Charlie Ward that bounced high off the crossbar.

Bates surged toward the end of the first half. With 5:28 left in the period, senior Eric Opoku's (Accra, Ghana) hard shot, set up well by junior Blaise Marceau (Newton, Mass.) on the left side of the box, was deflected by Webber, and the ball then caromed off the post. Two minutes later, Kimpolo-Pene's shot from the left side was tapped by  Guerrier past Webber, then easily tapped again into the goal by Iwowo, but the score was wiped off with an offsides call.

Bowdoin seemed ready to go ahead 2-0 in the 71st minute when a bad turnover in Bates' defensive third resulted in Charlie Ward's shot against a defenseless Goodstein. Goodstein deflected the ball away to Oliver, whose follow shot was sent back to Goodstein for a second save in two seconds.

Webber finished with seven saves in his college debut. Goodstein made five saves for Bates.

Bates next plays a non-conference game at Thomas College Sunday at 3pm.