BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women's soccer team scored three second half goals in a come-back 3-1 win over visiting Hamilton this afternoon in Brunswick.
The Polar Bears improve to 8-1-1 (4-1-1 NESCAC) after rebounding from a one goal deficit in the opening minutes of the second half against Hamilton (3-3-2, 1-3-2 NESCAC). Today's win was the first time Bowdoin was able to defeat the Continentals by more than a one-goal margin.
Hamilton controlled the opening half of play with numerous threatening crosses into the box, including four corners. Bowdoin's goalie Bridget McCarthy was forced to make several big saves to preserve the 0-0 tie with six opening half stops. The Polar Bears did not tally their first shot of the game until the final fifteen minutes of the half.
Coming out of halftime, the Continentals made a hard offensive push and scored just three minutes in. With a loose ball crossing into the box from the right side, Kendall Daly won the 50/50 ball and placed it in the lower right corner of the goal.
Both teams played evenly until Bowdoin tied it up with a goal from Abby Hammerl. Abby Einwag sent a ball high into the box, putting Hammerl in position for a one-on-one with Hamilton's goalie. The tying goal gave Bowdoin the spark it needed to turn its offense around. The Polar Bears' second goal, and game winner, came from Amanda Kinneston who played a ball into Kiersten Turner. Turner's low shot from just inside the 18, snuck past Hamilton's keeper Liz Gergenti to put Bowdoin up 2-1. The Polar Bears scored again just two minutes later, at 81:15, as Turner and Kinneston repeated the previous goal. This time Turner tallied the assist as she trapped a tough through-ball, with a defender on, and played it to Kinneston who found the bottom right corner to close the game out 3-1.
Hamilton outshot the Polar Bears by a 12-6 margin, with McCarthy making seven stops for Bowdoin. Gergenti made one save for the Continentals who also held a 8-3 corner kick advantage.
Bowdoin will host Williams College tomorrow at 1:00 PM, while Hamilton travels to Middlebury for a 2:30 PM showdown.