|Bates College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women’s soccer team collected its first NESCAC win of the season with a 3-0 midweek shutout of visiting Bates.
The Polar Bears (2-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) rebounded from Saturday’s overtime loss and handed the Bobcats (2-2-0, 0-2-0 NESCAC) their second conference setback.
Sophia Lemmer gave Bowdoin the early lead, notching her first collegiate goal, 10:34 into the first half. Lemmer forced Bates keeper Sarah McCarthy out of net to challenge a long feed into the box from Morgen Gallagher. With McCarthy committed to the play, Lemmer settled the ball on the right post and netted a shot to the opposite side.
Holding onto the one goal lead through the remainder of the opening half, Bowdoin looked to double its tally in the opening ten minutes of the second. Following a corner kick, the Polar Bears forced a defensive scramble on the left post that ended with the ball in McCarthy’s hands.
The Bobcat defense came up with two more big saves twenty minutes into the half as Julia Bottone took a shot from close range that McCarthy denied with a left hand save, only to see Eliza Nitzan collect the rebound. Nitzan’s one-timer was blocked on the goal line by Sarah Gutch.
The Polar Bears put up one final tally in the 85th minute as Anna Mellman one-timed a bouncing rebound to the far left post for the team’s third goal of the afternoon.
Bowdoin held an 18-8 edge in shots, with the Bobcats earning a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. McCarthy ended the day with nine saves while Rachel Stout made three for the Polar Bears.