Polar Bears Stay Perfect With Wednesday Afternoon Win Over Bates

Sophomore Kathleen Smith and the Bowdoin defense have not allowed a goal yet this season
Sophomore Kathleen Smith and the Bowdoin defense have not allowed a goal yet this season

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 after a 3-0 triumph over Bates on Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field.

The Polar Bears (3-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC), who yet to allow a goal this season, improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings with their rivals from Lewiston. The Bobcats (0-2-0, 0-2-0 NESCAC) remain winless in two outings this fall.

Bowdoin broke into the scoring column in the 26th minute of the contest, when Morgan Woodhouse served a crossing pass to first-year Kiersten Turner, who put home a low shot to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 advantage. The Polar Bears held off a late Bobcat push in the opening frame and got a spectacular diving save by goaltender Bridget McCarthy shortly before the break to maintain their one-goal edge.

The Polar Bears put the contest out of reach with a pair of second-half tallies. Amanda Kinneston collected a perfectly-placed through-ball from Turner and slipped the ball past Bates netminder Alyssa Morgosh in the 55th minute. In the 69th minute, Molly Popolizio snapped a shot from the right side of the box that tucked neatly into the top-left corner of the net to close out the scoring.

McCarthy finished with three saves in 71:18 before giving way to Louise Johnson, who made one stop in the final 18:42. The duo have not allowed a goal in 270 minutes so far this season- the longest scoreless streak by a Bowdoin team since the 2007 campaign.

Anabel Scmelz made one save in the first half for the Bobcats while Morgosh made three saves in the second half. Bowdoin improves to 35-10-2 all-time against Bates with the win.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, September 15 as Bates hosts Amherst (11:00 a.m.) and Bowdoin travels to Brandeis (1:00 p.m.).