Second Half Outburst Lifts Women's Soccer To Victory in Weaver's Debut

Molly Popolizio had a pair of assists in Thursday's win at Southern Maine
Molly Popolizio had a pair of assists in Thursday's win at Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team scored four times in the second half to give first-year head coach Brianne Weaver a victory in her Polar Bear debut, 4-0 over the University of Southern Maine on Thursday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (1-0-0) scored four times in a 30:51 span in the second period, including a pair of tallies from first-years Jamie Hofstetter and Kiersten Turner, to remain unbeaten all-time against the Huskies (1-2-0) with a 27-0-1 mark dating back to 1985.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes that saw the Polar Bears outshooting the Huskies 7-0, rookie Hofstetter finished off a play in the box to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half.  Junior Molly Popolizio and sophomore Alexa Yurick picked up the assists.

First-year forward, and Gorham native, Kiersten Turner made it 2-0 in the 59th minute after receiving a pass from Popolizio, taking a couple of touches and beating charging USM rookie goalkeeper Marissa Temple from 12 yards out with a low shot inside the right post.

Sophomore Amanda Kinneston and senior Casey Blossom added unassisted goals in the 67th and 80th minutes, respectively.  Both goals came on second chance attempts after Temple had made the initial stop.

Junior Louise Johnson and rookie Bridget McCarthy split the goalkeeping chores for Bowdoin.  Neither was forced to record a save.  Temple finished the match registering nine saves. Bowdoin piled up a 20-1 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks during the match.

Bowdoin opens its NESCAC campaign on Saturday by hosting Wesleyan University at noon.