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Polar Bears thwart women's soccer team




BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Rival Bowdoin outshot the Bates women's soccer team by a margin of only five attempts, but the Polar Bears outscored the Bobcats 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field.

The Bobcats (0-2-0, 0-2-0 NESCAC) look ahead to the third and fourth NESCAC games of the first 10 days of the season this weekend, as Amherst visits Saturday at 11am (Video), followed by Trinity on Sunday at 12pm (Video).

The Polar Bears (3-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC) moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 and have yet to allow a goal this season.

Bowdoin broke into the scoring column in the 26th minute of the contest, when Morgan Woodhouse served a crossing pass to first-year Kiersten Turner, who put home a low shot to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 advantage. The Polar Bears held off a late Bobcat push in the opening frame and got a diving save by goaltender Bridget McCarthy shortly before the break to maintain their one-goal edge.

The Polar Bears put the contest out of reach with a pair of second-half tallies. Amanda Kinneston collected a through-ball from Turner and slipped the ball past Bates sophomore netminder Alyssa Morgosh (Carlsbad, Calif.) in the 55th minute. In the 69th minute, Molly Popolizio snapped a shot from the right side of the box that tucked neatly into the top-left corner of the net.

McCarthy finished with three saves in 71:18 before giving way to Louise Johnson, who made one stop in the final 18:42.

First-year Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) attempted a team-high two shots for Bates, one of them on goal. Senior Sam Rose (Toronto, Ontario), sophomore Krista Prouty (Norwell, Mass.) and first-year Lily Peterson (Sudbury, Mass.) also put shots on goal.

Junior Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) made one save in the first half for the Bobcats while Morgosh made three saves in the second half.