|Middlebury College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women’s soccer team returned to the win column behind a pair of late first half goals to defeat visiting Middlebury 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears pick up their first conference victory of the season to climb to 2-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC). The Panthers are now 3-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC).
After trading chances in the opening 30 minutes of play, both teams stepped up their offensive pressure in the final 15 of the first. Sara DiCenso fired a shot off from the right corner of the box, forcing Rachel Stout to making a jumping save to deny the bid.
Six minutes later, Olivia Miller served Emma Shumway with a corner kick. From inside a scrum in front of the net, Shumway managed a hard kick towards the left post. The ball bounced back towards the field of play, but Stout stepped in to deny any rebound.
Both Bowdoin goals came within roughly three minutes of each other. Emma Beane broke through with a solo effort from deep on the left. Beane launched the ball to the far side, going top right corner, for a 1-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the half.
Three minutes later, Brigit Bergin picked off a Middlebury defender in the box for another individual effort. Bergin stripped the defender of possession and quickly turned back on net for a close range shot.
By the Numbers
Middlebury held a 17-12 edge in shots, while Bowdoin held an 8-5 corner kick advantage.
Ursula Alwang made four stops in net for the Panthers.
Stout made nine saves for the Polar Bears.