BRUNSWICK, Maine - The #4 Bowdoin Polar Bears (11-1) scored three goals off deflections as they defeated the Husson University field hockey team (5-6) by the final score of 5-0 in non-conference action at Howard F. Ryan Field on Thursday night.
The first real chance for the Polar Bears came five minutes into the game on a penalty corner when Kara Finnerty fired a shot, but Husson's Maya Joy cleared the ball off the line to keep the game scoreless. On the ensuing penalty corner, Finnerty scored on a pass from Peyton Jackson to open the scoring for Bowdoin. The Eagles took the restart right down to the attacking end of the field when Karen Stemm found Caroline Johnson at the left post for a one-time shot, but Johnson couldn't get the shot off cleanly.
Early in the second quarter, Kimmie Goddard posted her best save of the half as she denied Elizabeth Growney with a point-blank save with her blocker. The Polar Bears scored on the following penalty corner as Elle Brine set up Jackson as she teed it up from the top of the arc and knocked it in. Bowdoin got their third goal of the night as a penalty corner taken by Brine was sent to Manveer Sandhu who blasted a shot that was deflected by Finnerty for her second goal of the night. The fourth goal was scored by Brine as she finished a ball on the left post off a far side cross from Abby Bashaw. Bowdoin wrapped up scoring their fifth goal as Jackson scored from Brine to cap off four goals in just over ten minutes.
The Eagles had their best attacking chance in the third quarter on a penalty corner. Stemm passed to Victoria Friend who took a shot on net but Eva Verzani made the save. On the following penalty corner, Stemm's pass found Perkins and her shot rolled just wide of the post. The defense shut down the Polar Bears in the final 30 minutes and restricted them to only five shots while Goddard made four saves.
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Goddard made ten saves for the Eagles which one shy of her career-high while defender Joy recorded a defensive save for the Eagles. Bowdoin used three goalkeepers as Maddie Ferrucci started and played the first half in which she recorded the victory without the need to make a single save. Verzani played just under 26 minutes in the second half and made one stop while Julia Arsenault played the final four minutes.
The Eagles return home as they host Dean College at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex in New England Collegiate Conference action on Saturday, October 19th at 6:00 p.m. on homecoming weekend.