Wesleyan Uses Overtime to Trip Bowdoin in NESCAC Opener

Wesleyan Uses Overtime to Trip Bowdoin in NESCAC Opener

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wesleyan junior Laura Kurash netted the game-winning goal with 2:03 gone in overtime to give the Cardinals' women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The game was the season opener for Wesleyan, while Bowdoin fell to 1-1 and 0-1 in NESCAC play on the season.

Ellery Gould scored her third goal of the season in the loss for Bowdoin, moving to within three of tying the program's career goal-scoring record.
    
With just under two minutes into the extra period, sophomore Kerry Doyle sent the ball to sophomore Amy Toig on the far right side. Toig passed the ball to Kurash in front of the Bowdoin net, and Kurash tapped it in at the 92:03 mark for the game-winner. Kurash also had the game-winner in 2010 as the Cardinals rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Polar Bears in Brunswick, Maine.
    
Wesleyan had drawn first blood as senior Emma Nitzberg put in a rebound in the 26th minute. Kurash's initial shot was saved by Bowdoin sophomore keeper Louise Johnson, but the rebound went to Nitzberg, who put it home at 25:43.
    
Bowdoin was held without a shot for the first 39 minutes of the game, but the Polar Bears dominated play at the start of the second half. The visitors broke through in the 53rd minute, as Gould evened the count at 52:42. Gould took a pass from junior Nicole Fossi, beat a pair of Wesleyan defenders and fired the ball past Wesleyan freshman netminder Jessica Tollman.
    
Wesleyan held a 24-9 edge in shots in the game, thanks largely to a 14-2 first-half edge in that category. Johnson had six saves in the Polar Bear net, while Tollman, in her first career game, had three stops, all in the second half.
    
Bowdoin leads the all-time series with the Cardinals 27-5-3, but Wesleyan has now won back-to-back games for the first time in the series. Three of the last four contests between the squads have gone to overtime, as the sides battled to a 1-1 draw in Middletown in 2008 and Bowdoin took a 2-1 OT victory at Wesleyan in 2009. Both teams return to the pitch on Wednesday as Wesleyan hosts Eastern Connecticut while Bowdoin travels to NESCAC rival Bates College.