Big Second Half Lifts Bowdoin Past Southern Maine

Junior Cassie Lyons get her head on the ball against Bowdoin.
Junior Cassie Lyons get her head on the ball against Bowdoin.

            GORHAM, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears exploded for four goals in the second half to take a 4-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer match Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The match was the season opener for the Polar Bears.  The Huskies slip to 1-2 on the season.

            After a scoreless opening 45 minutes that saw the Polar Bears outshooting the Huskies 7-0, rookie Jamie Hofstetter (Chester, N.J.) finished off a play in the box to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half.  Junior Molly Popolizio (Rexford, N.Y.) and sophomore Alexa Yurick (New York, N.Y.) picked up the assists.

            First-year forward Kiersten Turner (Gorham, Maine) made it 2-0 in the 59th minute after receiving a pass from Popolizio, taking a couple of touches and beating charging USM rookie goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) from 12 yards out with a low shot inside the right post.

            Sophomore Amanda Kinneston (Shelburne, Vt.) and senior Casey Blossom (Concord, N.H.) added unassisted goals in the 67th and 80th minutes, respectively.  Both goals came on second chance attempts after Temple had made the initial stop.

            Junior Louise Johnson (New York, N.Y.) and rookie Bridget McCarthy (Hopkinton, Mass.) split the goalkeeping chores for Bowdoin.  Neither was forced to record a save.  Temple finished the match registering nine saves.

            Bowdoin piled up a 20-1 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks during the match.

            Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) with the first of three straight road games at Framingham State University.  Bowdoin opens its NESCAC slate of games hosting Wesleyan University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).