Kat Flaherty posted her first career shutout and Ellery Gould scored twice as the Bowdoin College women's soccer team earned their first victory of 2009, blanking Bates by a score of 4-0 onTuesday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 1-1 (1-1 NESCAC) on the year while the Bobcats fall to 1-1 (1-1 NESCAC).
The teams traded great chances in the early going, as Bates' Tina Tobin broke free behind the Bowdoin defense just ten minutes into the game,but missed an open net as her chance trickled wide of the net. Bowdoin responded with a great feed from Dana Riker to Amy Hackett, who ripped a shot that forced a diving stop by Bobcat netminder Annie Burns to keep the game scoreless.
Ten minutes later, Bowdoin first-year Stacie Sammott came off the bench to spark the Polar Bear offense. Sammott found Celeste Swain with a centering feed into the box that Swain one-touched past Burns to give Bowdoin a one-goal lead that they carried into intermission.
The Polar Bears exploded for three second-half goals, the first coming shortly after the break. Gould carried the ball down the right wing, cut to the center and left-footed a shot that tucked inside the post at 47:52 to make it 2-0. With 17 minutes to go, Sammott broke free on Burns, ripped an initial shot that was saved, but pounced on the rebound to find Hackett in front. Hackett tapped the ball into the net to give Bowdoin a 3-0 lead. Gould added a second tally with less than nine
minutes to go, finishing off a loose ball in front to close out the scoring.
Kat Flaherty stopped eight shots in the first blank sheet of her career. Burns ended with 12 saves as Bowdoin out-shot Bates 25-15 in the contest.
Bowdoin College sophomore Katie Herter collected a hat trick as the seventh-ranked Polar Bear field hockey team dismantled Wellesley, 7-0 on Tuesday evening. The defending national champions rebound from their season-opening loss at Amherst to improve to 1-1 this season. The Blue fall to 2-1 on the year.
Despite a quick onslaught of shots from Bowdoin to start the game,Wellesley keeper Sarina Sawyer picked up seven saves in the first 10 minutes of play to keep the game scoreless. Bowdoin wouldn't be held down for long, as Jessie Small picked up her first goal of the season at the 10:53 mark. The goal, assisted by Ingrid Oelschlager, sparked a streak of five unanswered goals from the Polar Bears in the first half.
Herter recorded two first half goals, while Shavonne Lord and Megan McCullough eached scored to give Bowdoin a 5-0 advantage at the break. The Polar Bears racked up 27 shots in the first 35 minutes, while Sawyer totaled 12 saves in the half. Bowdoin added two more insurance goals in the second half to set the final to 7-0. Herter completed her hat trick at the 41 minute mark, off of an assist from Lord, while McKenna Teagu set up Cathleen Smith on the final tally of the evening.
In goal for the Blue, Sawyer faced 44 shots while recording 21 saves. For Bowdoin, Emily Neilson got the win, picking up three saves. Kayla Lessard played the final 10 minutes, saving one shot.
Courtesy Bowdoin Communications