Riley Rescues Polar Bears with Last-Second Winner at Wellesley

Katie Riley's last second goal lifted the Polar Bears to a 1-0 win over Wellesley
Katie Riley's last second goal lifted the Polar Bears to a 1-0 win over Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Katie Riley scored the game winning goal with fifteen seconds remaining to lift the Bowdoin field hockey team to a 1-0 win over host Wellesley on Sunday afternoon, giving head coach Nicky Pearson with her 250th Bowdoin victory.

The fourth ranked Polar Bears improve to 2-0 after sweeping their opening weekend of play and handing Wellesley (3-1) its first loss of the 2013 season.

The game was close throughout, as the midfield battle was not clearly won. Bowdoin started the game strong, recording the first four shots and two corners, before the Blue took a pair of strong shots in the 23rd minute.

Late in the first half, Bowdoin's Adrienne O'Donnell and Kelsey Mullaney each recorded shots after corners, but Wellesley keeper Brit Mscisz picked up both saves, keeping the game scoreless. In the final minute of the period, Wellesley's Meghan Peterson ripped a shot from the top of the circle, but it went just wide, sending the game into the break at 0-0.

The second half was much of the same, with both teams having several good chances to score. Bowdoin's best chance before their goal came in the 60th minute, when a Colleen Finnerty attempt was turned aside by Mscisz. Wellesley also had a 67th-minute penalty corner, but couldn't get off a shot, setting up Bowdoin's last second goal.

Riley scored after a hit in from the left side threaded its way in front of the Blue's goal. As time ticked off the clock, a scramble developed in front of the keeper, from until Meaghan Dwan was able to tap the ball out of the crowd to be redirected by Riley.

Bowdoin outshot the Blue 15-6 and held a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners. Wellesley's Mscisz stopped seven shots in net, while Bowdoin's Hannah Gartner earned her first career shutout with a pair of saves.

The Polar Bears travel to Amherst on September 14 for a 12:00 PM matchup.