BANGOR, Maine – Despite a stellar performance by Sami Ireland in net, the Husson University women's soccer team (2-8-0, 2-1-0 NAC) struggled on offense against Bowdoin College (4-3-1, 1-3-0 NESCAC) on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-0.
The first half proved to be a game of possession for the Polar Bears circulating the ball around the field with the Eagles barely stepping foot on their opponent's half. Despite struggling to gain control of the play, Husson held off Bowdoin from scoring until the 42nd minute of the opening period. Ireland came out of net to stop a one-on-one attack by a fast-approaching Bowdoin player. Ireland slid down behind the ball to stop her shot, unfortunately, taking out the Bowdoin player all at once resulting in a penalty kick. Kate Rusk-Kosa stepped up to take the PK for the Polar Bears, finding the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead.
Continuing on this momentum, the Polar Bears struck again barely three minutes later off a corner kick which bounced off a Husson defender to the foot of Claire Burns who snuck the ball through the crowd to take a 2-0 advantage going into the second half.
Ireland was on her game, despite giving up a third goal to the Polar Bears in the 60th minute, she controlled the goal box taking charge and stepping up on countless crosses and corner kicks to prevent further attack by her opponent. Bowdoin's third and final goal was recorded by Beth Brown stepping in front of a Husson defender as she toe-poked the ball into the corner. Talia Missan was awarded the assist.
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By the end of 90 minutes, Ireland had accumulated 11 saves for Husson. All three goalkeepers on Bowdoin's roster saw playing time with Sabrina Albanese collecting the win after playing the entire first half. Penny Rocchio opened up the second half in between the posts, then was subbed out by Isabell Ball after 21 minutes to finish out the match up top as she recorded a single shot on goal.
The Polar Bears outshot the Eagles, 24-1, and kept Husson away from their end line to not give up any corner kicks.
Husson women's soccer will have nearly a week to come back with fresh legs as they welcome Maine Maritime for a NAC matchup on Saturday, October 6th at 1:00 p.m.