LEWISTON, Maine -- Brigit Bergin took a cross from Julia Patterson and blasted it under the crossbar in the 88th minute, giving Bowdoin College a 3-2 NESCAC victory over the Bates College women's soccer team Wednesday afternoon at Russell Street Field.
Bates (5-3-1, 2-2-1 NESCAC) fought back from a 2-0 deficit and tied the game on first-year So Kim's (Thornhill, Ontario) goal in the 81st minute, as the rookie ran in on junior Olivia Amdur's (Chicago, Ill.) cross from the left and chested the ball inside the right post from a yard out.
Bowdoin (6-2-1, 2-2-1 NESCAC) won its fourth straight game while Bates dropped its second in a row. The teams are now in a four-way tie for fifth place in the NESCAC with Hamilton and Middlebury.
Bates controlled the early action, but Bowdoin got the early lead on its first corner kick and first shot of the afternoon, in the 24th minute. Morgen Gallagher's corner reached Emily Pawlak 15 yards in front of the Bates goal. Pawlak flicked the ball backward with the bottom of her cleat to set up a hard, low shot inside the right post by Patterson. The goal was Patterson's first this year. Her assist on the game-winning goal was her team-high fourth.
The Polar Bears made it a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute. Claire Dardinski sent a diagonal pass into the right flat for Emma Beane, who sprinted 10 yards to catch up to the ball, lunge and spear it into the net.
Bates responded less than three minutes later, returning Bowdoin's lead to a goal on a Bobcat corner kick. Sophomore Laura Jarry (Calgary, Alberta) lofted the corner into the middle of the box and first-year Summer Dias (Newton, Mass.), running straight-on at the Bowdoin goal, headed the ball past defenseless Bowdoin goalie Rachel Stout. Both Dias and Jarry recorded their first career points on the play.
The Bobcats finished the half with an 8-7 advantage in shots and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks, but the one-goal deficit to show for it.
Kim's second-half goal, her third in the past three games, interrupted a 40-minute scoreless stretch for both teams.
The rival teams were an even 17-17 on shots attempted, but Bowdoin put four more shots on goal. Bates senior goalie Sarah McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made five saves, including a diving stop on Nikki Wilson's breakaway shot in the first half. Stout made two saves in net for Bowdoin.
Both teams return to NESCAC action on Saturday, with Bates at Connecticut College and Bowdoin at Trinity.