September 29, 2012

Popolizio Scores Two To Push Polar Bears Past Camels

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin's Molly Popolizio scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the second half, to lift the Polar Bear women's soccer team to an entertaining 3-2 win over Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

The victory moves the Polar Bears to 6-1-0 (3-1-0 NESCAC) while the Camels fall to 1-5-1 (0-5-0 NESCAC).

The high-scoring affair opened with a strike from Astrid Kempainen from the top of the box for Connecticut College in the 17th minute. Bowdoin answered minutes later as a collision in the box resulted in a penalty . First-year Jamie Hofstetter deposited the PK at 20:43 to deadlock the contest.

Bowdoin took the lead shortly after intermission as Abby Einwag's pass drew Conn. College netminder Natalie Signor off her line. Popolizio delivered a shot from eight-yards out to give the hosts their first lead of the afternoon at 46:32. Lilly Cannon evened the score for the Camels approximately 14 minutes later as a scramble in front of the net came to her foot. She tapped in the loose ball at 60:03 to make it a 2-2 tie.

The Polar Bears replied just 1:18 later as Amanda Kinneston played a perfect corner kick into the box where Bowdoin's smallest player, the 5-1 Popolizio, won a header that tucked inside the post for the go-ahead score at 61:21.

Bowdoin held a 20-8 edge in shots and 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. Bridget McCarthy stopped two shots in the win for Bowdoin. Signor was credited with 12 stops for the Camels.

The Polar Bears will return to action Wednesday afternoon at home against Maine-Farmington (3:30 p.m.). The Camels will play a home match against Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon (7:00 p.m.).