Header Background

Women's soccer settles for 2-2 tie with Bowdoin







LEWISTON, Maine -- Celeste Swain scored for Bowdoin with 1:53 left to tie the game at 2-2, and the score remained there, as the Bates women's soccer team had to settle for a tie after missing the chance to defeat their rivals for the first time since 2005.

Bates (0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) outshot Bowdoin (1-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) by a 40-20 margin in the game, including a 36-15 difference at the end of regulation time.

The Bobcats led 1-0 after 13 minutes, as senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) followed up a missed scoring chance by converting one shortly after, getting an entry pass into the box from first-year Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.) and squeezing it between the near post and Bowdoin sophomore goalie Louise Johnson.

Bowdoin responded by putting on its best offensive surge of the game, threatening several times to score on corner kick plays, only to have Bates senior goalie Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) knock them away. The Polar Bears cashed in in the 23rd minute, as Swain's corner kick was headed in past Burns by junior Toni DaCampo, evening the game at 1-1. Bates outshot Bowdoin by a 19-8 margin in the first half, with Johnson collecting nine saves by the break.

Bates controlled play for most of the second half as well, outshooting Bowdoin 17-7 and missing several strong chances to retake the lead before finally doing it in the 52nd minute when a short cross by Tobin was redirected into the Bowdoin net for a 2-1 lead.

Rather than let up, Bates' pressure grew stronger after the go-ahead score -- the Bobcats outshot the Polar Bears 14-6 over the final 38 minutes, with much of the pressure coming from sophomore Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass.), Tobin and senior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) -- but it failed to produce an insurance goal. Then with 1:53 left, Ellery Gould's cross into the box was batted around until Swain got a foot on it and poked it past Burns, shocking Bates by retying the game.

Bowdoin outshot Bates over the two overtime periods, 5-4, and nearly scored the game-winner in the final second of the first overtime, when Kaley Nelson ran into a clear shot from 15 yards out that was deflected over the post by Burns. Burns was forced to make four saves in extra time to just one by Johnson.

Johnson finished with 18 saves for Bowdoin, while Burns made 11 for Bates. Junior back Camille Smith (Henniker, N.H.) came through with a big defensive performance for the Bobcats.

Bates plays at Amherst on Saturday at 12 p.m., followed by a Sunday game at Trinity starting at 1 p.m.

STATS: Bates 2, Bowdoin 2 (2OT)