|First-year Sam Alper's first-half attack became Bates' best scoring opportunity of the game.|
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team got a pair of second-half goals from first-year Emery Gould to deal Bates a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday. The Polar Bears improve to 3-1-3 (1-1-2 NESCAC) while the Bobcats fall to 1-5-0 (0-4-0 NESCAC) this year.
Bates came out of the gates firing and had the best early scoring chance, as first-year Sam Alper (Holliston, Mass.) broke loose behind the Bowdoin defense and fired a shot that sailed wide of net just minutes into the opening half.
The Polar Bears tightened up their defense following the close call and controlled the pace of play for the remainder of the half, holding a 10-4 edge in shots after the opening minutes and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. But the Bates defense, with sophomore goalie Brittney French (Auburn, Maine) making 5 of her 8 saves in the first half, kept the game at a scoreless tie at intermission.
The skies opened up in the second period, and the game was played in a downpour for most of the stanza. Just over 20 minutes in, Bowdoin broke through when Christina Aceto fed Gould, who tucked an 18-yard shot just under the crossbar.
Gould doubled Bowdoin's lead with her team-leading fifth goal of the season with under five minutes to play, as she controlled a loose ball and lofted a long shot from the left side that slipped inside the far post.
Kelly Thomas stopped five shots for the Polar Bears, while French made eight saves in defeat for Bates. Alper and first-year Alix Vandeventer (North Attleboro, Mass.) each attempted three shots for the Bobcats. Senior Julie Brown (Lynnfield, Mass.) took two more.
Bates will play host to Connecticut College this Saturday at 2 p.m. during Parents & Family Weekend.