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Polar Bears top Bobcats in women's soccer

Bates midfielder Avery Pierce launches a long pass with Bowdoin's Roberta Dennison (left) and Bates defender Jen Pflanz (center) watching. (Phyllis Graber Jensen photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin College broke out of a scoreless tie with three goals in the final 32 minutes, defeating rival Bates College in a NESCAC women's soccer game 3-0 on Tuesday.

Bowdoin raises its record to 4-0, 2-0 in NESCAC play, while Bates falls to 1-3 overall, 0-2 in conference.

Junior Emily Swaim (Wellesley, Mass.) knocked in senior Ann Zeigler's (Washington, D.C.) corner kick off of her upper body in a scrum in front of the Bates goal to end the tie with 31:08 remaining in the second half. First-year Rebecca Silva (St. Louis, Mo.) converted a diagonal cross from classmate Christine Aceto (South Portland, Maine) in the 77th minute to make it 2-0. And junior Alison Chase (Canterbury, N.H.) tacked on one more goal for the Polar Bears with 1:34 left in the game, scoring her team-high fourth goal after tackling a Bates defender to line up a hard shot inside the far (left) post.

Bates senior goalkeeper Nini Spalding (San Francisco, Calif.) made six saves while Bowdoin senior Katherine Popoff (Taipei, Taiwan) needed only one save to earn a shutout. The Polar Bears outshot the Bobcats by a 19-8 margin, thanks in part to its defenders' effectiveness in pinching off Bates' attacks early on. Only senior midfielder Ali Emery (Richmond, Vt.), with two shots, was credited with more than one shot.

Bates plays at Connecticut College this Saturday at 11 a.m., then will host Trinity College Sunday at 2 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bowdoin 3, Bates 0