First Half Goals Propel Women's Soccer to 2-0 Win Over Middlebury

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women's soccer team returned to the win column behind a pair of late first half goals to defeat visiting Middlebury 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears pick up their first conference victory of the season to climb to 2-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC). The Panthers are now 3-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • After trading chances in the opening 30 minutes of play, both teams stepped up their offensive pressure in the final 15 of the first. Sara DiCenso fired a shot off from the right corner of the box, forcing Rachel Stout to making a jumping save to deny the bid.
  • Six minutes later, Olivia Miller served Emma Shumway with a corner kick. From inside a scrum in front of the net, Shumway managed a hard kick towards the left post. The ball bounced back towards the field of play, but Stout stepped in to deny any rebound.
  • Both Bowdoin goals came within roughly three minutes of each other. Emma Beane broke through with a solo effort from deep on the left. Beane launched the ball to the far side, going top right corner, for a 1-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the half.
  • Three minutes later, Brigit Bergin picked off a Middlebury defender in the box for another individual effort. Bergin stripped the defender of possession and quickly turned back on net for a close range shot.

By the Numbers

  • Middlebury held a 17-12 edge in shots, while Bowdoin held an 8-5 corner kick advantage.
  • Ursula Alwang made four stops in net for the Panthers.
  • Stout made nine saves for the Polar Bears.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin plays at the University of New England on September 26 with a 7:00 p.m. start.
  • Middlebury plays at Keene State on September 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m.