BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Middlebury women's soccer team scored with under four minutes remaining in the game to down the Polar Bears 2-1 in a Saturday afternoon matchup.
Bowdoin (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NESCAC) surrendered its first goal in over 390 minutes of play as Middlebury (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NESCAC) handed the Polar Bears their first loss of the 2013 season. The Panthers took their sixth straight victory over Bowdoin.
Less than fifteen minutes into the opening half, Bowdoin goalie Bridget McCarthy made a diving save to deny Middlebury a direct shot from the top of the box, which followed a corner kick. The Panthers continued to control the opening minutes of play with a 5-1 shot advantage. Amy Martin's shot connected with the crossbar, and the resulting scramble came to Middlebury's Julia Favorito, who placed the ball in the bottom corner of the goal at 30:17.
In the second half, Bowdoin's Maya Norman forced Middlebury's Elizabeth Foody to make a diving save towards the top left corner, causing the ball to hit crossbar and sail over the net. The Polar Bears finally solved Foody with under seven minutes remaining as Jamie Hofstetter capitalized on a free kick from the center of the eighteen. Middlebury answered Bowdoin's tying score just three minutes later as Favorito turned at the top of the box to launch a shot into the upper right corner, just beyond the fingers of McCarthy.
The Panthers held a 17-10 shot advantage over Bowdoin, resulting in six stops for McCarthy and four for Foody.
The Polar Bears travel to the University of New England for a 6:30 PM on Tuesday. Middlebury hosts Lesley on September 24, beginning at 4:00 PM.