October 13, 2013

Williams Snaps Bowdoin Win Streak in Women's Soccer

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Alison Magruder and Kristi Kirshe had a goal and an assist apiece to lead the Williams College women's soccer team to a 3-0 win at Bowdoin Sunday afternoon at Pickard Field.

The Ephs (7-1-2, 4-1-1 NESCAC) extend their win streak to five-straight games and are unbeaten (9-0-2) in the last 11 meetings with Bowdoin dating back to 2005. The Polar Bears (8-2-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) see their five-game win streak come to an end as they lose for the first time since September 21.

In a rematch of last year's NESCAC title game - claimed by Williams in penalty kicks - the Ephs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Magruder played a nice cross-box volley to the far post, where Crystal Lewin tapped home the game's first goal 3:17 into the contest. Magruder was on the receiving end of a similar play 20 minutes later as Kirshe sliced a pass through traffic to the left side of the box, where Magruder deposited it for a 2-0 Williams lead at 23:18.

Bowdoin had a few good chances to draw within a goal before halftime, including a Jamie Hofstetter chance that deflected off the crossbar. Williams goaltender Hannah Van Wetter made a stop on an Amanda Kinneston drive shortly before halftime to preserve the two-goal lead.

The Polar Bears came out firing in the second half, taking three good shots in the opening moments. Van Wetter was up to the task, making two saves, and the Ephs put a cap on the scoring in the 72nd minute when Kirshe knocked home a feed from Audrey Thomas to make it a 3-0 contest.

Williams held a 20-11 shot advantage and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Van Wetter stopped six shots over 80 minutes of play. Tressa Palcheck made one stop over the final 10 minutes for the Ephs. Bridget McCarthy made eight saves over the first 77:20 before giving way to Casey Krause, who was not tested over the final 12:40.

Bowdoin will return to action next Saturday at Connecticut College (11:00 a.m.). Williams' next game is also next Saturday, at home against Tufts (2:00 p.m.).