Women's Soccer Scores Two in Second Half to Prevail Over Brandeis

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team scored a pair of second half goals and survived a late rally by Brandeis in a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 2-1-1 with the win while the Judges drop to 2-3-1 on the season.

Brandeis controlled the pace of play for a good portion of the opening stanza, taking seven of the game's first eight shots. Bowdoin made a late push as Ellery Gould had a trio of great chances just miss the mark, including one that hit the post late in the first half, sending the game scoreless into intermission.

Bowdoin scored twice in a span of 9:26 midway through the second period to take control of the game. Stacie Sammott put the Polar Bears on the board at 59:46, finishing off a bouncing ball in the box. Gould gave Bowdoin a crucial insurance goal at 69:12, finishing off a nifty centering pass from Amanda Kinneston to make it a two-goal game. The tally moved Gould to within two scores of tying the program's all-time goal-scoring mark.

Brandeis cut into the advantage with less than seven minutes remaining when Sapir Edalati accepted a long, low cross from Corinne Bortniker and tapped it inside the far post at 83:31. But the Judges could get no closer as Bowdoin's Louise Johnson made five saves in net to seal the win. Michelle Savuto (two goals, four saves) played the first 73 minutes in goal for Brandeis before giving way to Francine Kofinas (no goals, two saves).

Bowdoin's win continued the see-saw rivalry between the two schools since they resumed playing in 2005 after a 12-year break. Since 2005 the teams have traded wins each season with Bowdoin winning in odd years ('05, '07, '09, '11) and Brandeis winning in even years ('06, '08, '10). Bowdoin holds a 6-3 edge overall in the series history.