Women's Soccer Knocks Off Nationally-Ranked Brandeis To Stay Unbeaten

Women's Soccer Knocks Off Nationally-Ranked Brandeis To Stay Unbeaten
First-year goaltender Bridget McCarthy made seven saves, including several big stops in the second half of Saturday's win

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team continued its torrid start with an impressive 2-1 win at nationally-ranked Brandeis on Saturday.

The Polar Bears remain unbeaten, improving to 4-0-0 for the first time since 2007 under first-year head coach Brianne Weaver. The 18th-ranked Judges concede their first two goals of the season and fall to 5-1-0 overall.

The first half of the contest was evenly played, mainly in the midfield, with Bowdoin owning a 6-4 edge in shots and 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Polar Bears broke through in the final minute of play, when sophomore back Kathleen Smith fed rookie forward Audrey Phillips at the right side of the 18-yard box. Phillips lofted a high shot that went just over the outstretched arms of Brandeis senior Francine Kofinas and under the crossbar just 48 ticks before halftime.

Brandeis turned up its pressure in the second half, outshooting Bowdoin 10-4, but rookie Bridget McCarthy made six of her seven saves after the break. Her finest moment came in the 67th minute, when she made a diving save on Brandeis sophomore forward Sapir Edalati to push the ball past the right post. McCarthy also made a nice stop on the ensuing corner kick, getting in front of a shot by junior Mary Shimko.

The Polar Bears got a key insurance goal in the 85th minute, when junior midfielder Molly Popolizio one-timed home a cross from rookie Jamie Hofstetter. The additional goal would prove to be crucial, as Brandeis scored just 3:05 later. Edalati got a head on a corner by sophomore midfielder Alec Spivack for her second goal of the season. But the goal was too little, too late, as the Judges couldn't muster another shot in the final 2:52.

McCarthy finished with seven saves for the Polar Bears, while Kofinas had two and sophomore Michelle Savuto had one in the second half.

The Polar Bears return to NESCAC action next Saturday, September 22 at Middlebury (11:00 a.m.).