Godley's First Collegiate Tally Lifts Women's Soccer to Win Over Wesleyan

First-years Kiersten Turner (24) and Maggie Godley (16) fight for a loose ball in Saturday's victory (Creative Images Photography)

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Rookie Maggie Godley's first career goal was the difference as the Bowdoin College women's soccer team held off Wesleyan for a 1-0 victory Saturday at Pickard Field.

The Polar Bears improve to 2-0-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC) for the first time since the 2007 campaign with the victory in their home opener. The Cardinals, who were playing their first game of the season, fall to 0-1-0 (0-1-0 NESCAC).

The game-winning strike came in the 30th minute as Molly Popolizio beat a Wesleyan defender on the right wing. Popolizio served a dangerous ball into the box, where Godley stretched to get a toe on it, tapping the ball inside the right post at 29:51.

That was all the stout Bowdoin defense needed, as goaltenders Louise Johnson (two saves in first half) and Bridget McCarthy (five saves in second half) shared the shutout victory. Jessica Tollman singlehandedly kept the Cardinals in contention with nine saves, including several spectacular stops in the second period.

Bowdoin finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots and 7-6 edge in corners. The Polar Bears return to action on Wednesday afternoon at home against Bates (4:30 p.m.). Wesleyan will play at Eastern Connecticut that same night (7:00 p.m.).