Bowdoin topples women's soccer in home opener

Bowdoin topples women's soccer in home opener

FARMINGTON, Maine – A first half penalty kick goal and an insurance marker in the second half carried visiting Bowdoin College to a 2-0 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in a non-conference women's soccer matchup Sunday at Prescott Field.

The Polar Bears' Evan Fencik converted a PK attempt in the 26th minute to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead, after the Beavers were called for a handball inside the 18-yard box.

The margin remained at 1-0 through halftime, and well into the second half. Audrey Phillips finally beat backup keeper Amy Jones with a blast from 12 yards out right in front of the UMF goal. Phillips received the ball on a give-and-go from Abby Hammerl, who was credited with an assist on the play.

The margin might have been wider, except for a solid defensive performance by the Beavers. Bowdoin outshot Farmington, 25-1, but only nine of those 25 shots were actually on goal. UMF starting keeper Beth Lebel recorded four saves in 60 minutes of play, while Jones was credited with three saves.

Starter Bridget McCarthy and reserve keeper Casey Krause combined for the shutout in the Bowdoin goal, but neither recorded a save.  Farmington's best scoring opportunity came in the seventh minute, when Kayla Tuttle's direct kick from about 30 yards out was wide to the left.

Bowdoin (2-0-1) had a 14-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities, and was whistled offside on four occasions.

UMaine-Farmington (0-3-1) remains at home for its next contest on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when it hosts Lyndon State in a North Atlantic Conference match. Bowdoin also returns to conference play on Wednesday, when it travels to in-state and NESCAC rival Bates College for a 4:30 p.m. contest.