NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Mya Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) tallied her league-leading fifth game-winning marker of the season in the second half to cap a rally and lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
The teams exchanged two quick goals in the opening minutes of play and found themselves locked at a goal apiece for most of the match. The Polar Bears' Morgen Gallagher charged down the left sideline and slipped a pass inside to Jamie Lau, who took a sliding shot from just outside the six-yard box that landed in the opposite corner of the net at the 2:24 mark.
The Camels, however, had a quick answer at the other end on a tic-tac-toe play just over a minute later which began when senior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) took a shot from 20 yards away and collected her own rebound. Stublarec passed the ball to a darting Claire Williams (Portsmouth, R.I.) on the left side, and the freshman one-touched the ball to Emily Lorry (Wynnewood, Pa.) for a header that found its way past netminder Penny Rocchio.
After an evenly played first half in which both teams took six shots apiece, Connecticut College got the game-winning marker it needed to complete the rally in the 56th minute. Senior Alyssa Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) threw the ball in to Johnson, and after splitting two Bowdoin defenders, the freshman let the ball sail from the top right corner of the box for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The defense, meanwhile, did not allow the Polar Bears to attempt a shot the rest of the way to allow the hosts to hold on for the one-goal victory.
Junior Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) picked up the win by only having to make two saves for Connecticut College. Rocchio suffered the loss for Bowdoin (4-6-1, NESCAC 1-5-1) after redirecting three shots.
Connecticut College (9-2, NESCAC 4-2), which improved its record to a perfect 5-0 at home this season, will look to continue its success on campus when it next hosts Trinity on Tuesday at 3 p.m.