Early goal enough as Ephs defeat Bowdoin 1-0

Carla Nicasio
Carla Nicasio

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Williams women's soccer team defeated the Bowdoin Polar Bears (8-2-0, 4-2-0 NESCAC) 1-0 behind an early goal from Bridget Gallagher.  With the win, the Ephs stay undefeated in the NESCAC at 6-0-1 (and 7-2-1 overall).

With seven of 10 NESCAC games now in the books, the Ephs sit atop the NESCAC standings.

In just the 15th minute, Gallagher found the back of the net after coming in off of the bench.  She received a pass from Carla Nicasio on the right side of the box and rocketed the ball into the left portion of the goal to give the Ephs the 1-0 lead. The goal was the senior's first of the year.

Bowdoin spent the rest of the game looking to catch up, and its best opportunity for an equalizer came in the second half.  With just 11 minutes left on the clock, Alexa Yurick struck a corner kick perfectly to teammate Toni DaCampo, who headed the ball towards the net.  Eph goalie Hannah Van Wetter, however, was there to make the diving save.

Van Wetter posted one save for the Ephs in the second half, while Laura Wann added four stops in the opening frame.  Bridget McCarthy made two saves for the Polar Bears.  The Ephs outshot Bowdoin by a tally of 12-10. 

Said Coach Michelyne Pinard after the game about Gallagher, who missed much of last season with an injury, "She had a great weekend.  She's been battling some tweaks this season. To have her back is huge.  She's a great presence, and she finished a great opportunity.  It was great to get up 1-0 in that first half for sure."

Added Pinard about the win, "Bowdoin's a great team.  We knew that they were going to be tough to get behind.  I thought we created a lot of chances… We needed this result moving forward.  It's a huge win for us. Certainly, it helps keep the momentum."

The win comes after a late 3-2 victory over rival Amherst yesterday.  Said Pinard about the weekend: "This was one of the more grueling double headers.  Playing Amherst and Bowdoin alone are tough, but then traveling to both with a four hour ride in between – I'm just proud of how resilient we were and that we willed our way to this result. "

Williams returns home to take on Tufts next Saturday at noon.

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