Turner Completes Comeback as Women's Soccer Edges Wesleyan

Turner Completes Comeback as Women's Soccer Edges Wesleyan
Molly Popolizio (left) and Kiersten Turner (right) have helped the Polar Bears to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Kiersten Turner scored the game-winning goal with 25:34 remaining in the second half to give the Bowdoin College women's soccer team a come-from-behind win over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Pickard Field.

The Polar Bears, who got a key goal late in the opening half from Jamie Hofstetter, improve to 1-0-0 on the year while the Cardinals fall to 0-1-0.

Wesleyan struck first in the opening period as a scramble in front came to the foot of Madeline Keane, who ripped a shot that deflected off a Bowdoin defender and inside the left post at 17:04. Despite being out-shot 10-4, the Cardinals were poised to carry their one-goal lead into halftime until a late Bowdoin push got the equalizer with under a minute to play. Hofstetter took control of the ball on the right wing and lofted a shot that soared over goaltender Rachel Hobert's head and tucked just under the cross bar in the top-left corner with just 44 seconds remaining before intermission.

Propelled by the late goal, Bowdoin controlled the pace of play early in the second period and cashed in midway through the half. Hofstetter and Abby Einwag played give-and-go on the left wing with Einwag lifting a cross to Turner in the center of the box. Turner shook off the Wesleyan defense and booted a low shot that skipped inside the right post for the eventual game-winner.

Bridget McCarthy made the lead stand for Bowdoin by making two saves, including a full-extension punch-stop over the crossbar with 35 minutes remaining to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Hobert finished with eight saves in the loss for Wesleyan. Bowdoin held a 19-6 edge in shots for the game. Wesleyan had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Bowdoin will return to action at Amherst next Saturday (12:00 p.m.). Wesleyan will host Babson next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.