November 3, 2012

Women's Soccer Advances to NESCAC Championship Game on Penalty Kicks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit with 24 minutes to play to take an eventual penalty-kick victory in the NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst on Saturday.

The game, which goes down as a 3-3 double-overtime tie, came down to seven rounds of penalty kicks. In the seventh round, Bowdoin goaltender Bridget McCarthy came up big, stopping an Alex Hart shot and setting the stage for senior Toni DaCampo. DaCampo capitalized by sending her free kick to the right of the Amherst goalie Holly Burwick, skimming the post into the net.

The Polar Bears (11-3-2) will face Williams (12-3-1) in the championship game Sunday at noon. It is Bowdoin first NESCAC title game since 2007.  Amherst moved to 13-1-2 with the 3-3 tie.

The Lord Jeffs took a 3-1 lead early in the second half, snapping a 1-1 tie when Sandy Shepard rocketed a shot into the top right corner of the goal after receiving a pass from Kathryn Nathan. Amherst went up 3-1 with 24:19 to go on an Amanda Briscoe tally.

Bowdoin's comeback began less than a minute later when Jamie Hofstetter converted a penalty kick chance. Then with 20 minutes left Bowdoin's goal keeper Bridget McCarthy made a crucial save against Amanda Brisco's hard shot on goal, preserving the one-goal deficit. 

Bowdoin finally cashed in with a counter-attack against Amherst when Morgan Woodhouse fed Abby Einwag, who sent the ball over goalie Holly Burwick's head to tie the game and force the extra session.

Audrey Phillips scored in the first half for Bowdoin while Brisco also netted a tally in the opening period.

McCarthy finished with seven saves while Burwick made four stops. Amherst held a 19-16 lead in shots and held a 6-5 edge in corners.