October 20, 2012

Popolizio Nets Game-Winner in Second Half To Clinch Fourth Seed For Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Molly Popolizio scored the game-winning goal with 14:51 remaining to lift the Bowdoin College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Trinity on Saturday.

The Polar Bears improve to 10-3-0 (6-3-0 NESCAC) with the win and reach a pair of milestones with the victory. Bowdoin reaches the ten-win plateau for the first time since 2007 and clinches the fourth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Polar Bears will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal next Saturday, October 27 for the first time since that same 2007 campaign.

Trinity drops to 4-7-1 (3-6-0) and is in a battle for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament entering the final week of action.

Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board Saturday as Alexa Yurick accepted a cross from Stacie Sammott and put home the game's first goal just five minutes into the contest. The Polar Bears held a 8-4 edge in shots in the opening half and carried their one-goal lead through intermission.

Trinity evened the tally early in the second half as Elisa Dolan ripped a shot from outside the box that banged off the cross bar and straight down, trickling over the goal line in the 50th minute to tie the contest at one apiece.

Bowdoin's game-winner came after a string of consecutive chances for the hosts. Sarah Wallace controlled the ball on the wing and served a perfect cross into the box to Popolizio, who buried the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute to put the Polar Bears on top.

Trinity had a handful of late chances, including a corner kick with under two minutes to play, but could not find the game-tying score. Bridget McCarthy made the lead stand with six saves for Bowdoin, including four in the second half. Monica DiFiori made four stops for Trinity.

The Bantams will close out their regular season at home on Tuesday against Wesleyan. The Polar Bears will finish at Tufts on Tuesday as well. Both games are slated for 3:00 p.m. starts.

In a pregame ceremony, Bowdoin honored its four-member senior class.