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Burns can't save women's soccer at Bowdoin

Annie Burns '12

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bates sophomore goalkeeper Annie Burns tied her career high with 12 saves, but Bowdoin ran away from Bates with three second-half goals in posting a 4-0 NESCAC women's soccer victory on Tuesday 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 sophomore forward Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) broke free behind the Bowdoin defense just 10 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 Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) 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 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.

Flaherty stopped eight shots in the first blank sheet of her career. Burns ended with 12 saves as Bowdoin outshot Bates 25-15 in the contest.

Bates will next play host to Babson College in a non-conference game this Saturday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m.

STATS: Bowdoin 4, Bates 0