BRUNSWICK, Maine –(Bowdoin College Athletic Communications) The Bowdoin women's soccer team handed Connecticut College their second loss of the season in a 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Pickard Field.
The Polar Bears (9-3-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) rebounded with a statement win over the 22nd ranked Camels (10-2-0, 5-2-0 NESCAC)following a pair of conference losses last weekend.
Bowdoin keeper Bridget McCarthy was challenged early and often in the opening minutes of Saturday's game. The junior goalie came up with a big save two minutes in off a shot from Michelle Medina, as she punched the ball over the crossbar to keep the Camels off the board. Medina continued to challenge McCarthy forcing the goalie to make two more saves in the opening five minutes and another important challenge in the 13th.
Following sustained Connecticut pressure, Maggie Godley put the Polar Bears on the board. Just one minute after McCarthy made a play at the opposite end to keep the game scoreless, Jamie Hofstetter drew a defender and fed a pass to Godley for a long shot to the left side. Following Bowdoin's goal, the Polar Bears' offense kicked into gear earning two corner kicks and as many shots. Hofstetter doubled Bowdoin's lead just shy of the 30th minute after she finished off a touch from Amanda Kinneston from the goal line to center.
Despite being outshot by the Camels 9-5 in the opening half, Bowdoin led 2-0 after 45 minutes.
Abby Hammerl tacked on Bowdoin's third goal of the game with just 13 minutes remaining. Set up with a nice cross from Alex Yurick, Hammerl headed the ball beyond the reach of Connecticut keeper Bryanna Montalvo for the 3-0 advantage. The Camels fought back through the final minutes, applying pressure in Bowdoin's defensive end with quick restarts and throw-ins.
With under five minutes remaining, the up-tempo Connecticut offense got a break as Medina toed a ball over the head of Rachel Stout with Bowdoin unable to successfully clear her shot. Haley Keegan (Wrentham, Mass.) delivered a cross from the right side to earn the assist on the score.
Connecticut College outshot the Polar Bears by a 14-11 margin and earned a 5-3 corner kick advantage. McCarthy made seven saves in 81:30 minutes of play before giving way to Stout. Montalvo stopped three shots for the Camels.
Bowdoin travels to Colby next weekend for an 11:00 a.m. matchup. The Camels host Amherst on Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. in a key NESCAC contest.