Gould's Heroics Fall Short as Amherst Edges Bowdoin Again in OT

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AMHERST, Mass. - In a scene all too familiar to the Bowdoin women's soccer team, Kathryn Nathan scored the overtime game-winner to give the top-seeded Amherst College a 3-2 win over the Polar Bears in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Polar Bears, who end their season with a record of 6-6-3, have lost to the Jeffs three times by 3-2 counts in the last 12 months, including a pair of overtime setbacks in the last two weeks alone. Bowdoin also lost a 3-2 game to Amherst in last year's NESCAC quarterfinal. Of Bowdoin's six losses this season, five came in overtime.

Down 2-0 late in the first half in blizzard conditions at Amherst, Bowdoin's all-time leading scorer Ellery Gould led a tenacious comeback, taking advantage of an Amherst penalty in the box to convert a penalty kick with 1:49 before the break and then, unfazed by the snowy conditions, dribbled to just inside the 18 and got her shot past a crowd of defenders and by Horwitz, knotting the score at 2-2 early in the second period.

Bowdoin's Celeste Swain nearly put her team ahead late in the half but was denied on a point-blank save by Alli Horwitz, while a shot by Sarah Duffy with four minutes to play bounced off the crossbar. Each team had a goal called back in the final 10 minutes, creating a thrilling atmosphere heading into overtime as workers and referees shoveled different areas of the field.

Nathan, who needed two overtime periods to find the winner against Bowdoin earlier in the season, wasted little time closing things out this time around, as her goal 1:25 into the first extra session put an end to thrilling quarterfinal matchup.

Amherst held a 22-8 edge in shots, as Lane made two saves for Bowdoin and Horwitz stopped three shots for the Lord Jeffs. Gould's two goals pushed her school-record total to 46 while she becomes the first Bowdoin soccer player - men's or women's - to surpass the 100-point barrier and concludes her career with 103.