Women's Soccer Tops Bowdoin In OT

September 24, 2011

Rachel Madding finished off a scrum in front of the Bowdoin net 6:34 into overtime to give the visiting Middlebury women's soccer team a 3-2 victory on Saturday. The Panthers move to 3-1-1 (2-1-1 NESCAC) with the victory.

The goal spoiled a late rally by the Polar Bears (2-2-1, 0-2-1 NESCAC), who fought back with two goals in the final 13:29 to force overtime.

Middlebury garnered most of the first half chances and sandwiched goals around halftime to build a two-score cushion. Scarlett Kirk took a through-ball from Julia Favorito and slipped the ball between several Bowdoin defenders at 38:40. Amy Schlueter increased the Panthers lead to two goals at 52:44, taking control of a loose ball behind the Bowdoin defense and firing it into the cage.

Bowdoin's rally began with a nice cross from Casey Blossom to Amanda Kinneston, who headed home the Polar Bears' first score at 76:31. Then, with less than two minutes remaining, a long cross into the Middlebury defensive zone saw a Bowdoin player taken down in the box. Ellery Gould converted her 37th career goal - one shy of the Bowdoin program record - on the penalty kick that followed to tie the game and force overtime.

In the extra session, Bowdoin goaltender Louise Johnson made a nice save on Madding's first bid to end the game, tipping a shot high off the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball came loose in front of the Bowdoin net and bounced around several feet and off of Madding before Johnson snagged it, just over the goal line, to give Middlebury the win.

Johnson stopped nine shots in the loss for Bowdoin while Jocelyn Remmert made four saves in net for Middlebury.