Womens Soccer

Laura Kurash '13 Posts Second Five-Point Game of the Season to Pace Cards Past Bowdoin, 3-2

Wesleyan rallied from a two-goal deficit to stun Bowdoin 3-2 in a NESCAC battle Sat., Oct. 9 in Brunswick, Me. Thanks to a two-goal, one-assist effort from Laura Kurash '13 (#8, photo by SteveMcLaughlinphotography.com), the Cardinals earned their first conference win of the season and improved to 2-3-3 (1-1-3 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears (5-3-1, 2-3-1 NESCAC) had their three-match winning streak snapped. With the win, Wesleyan ended a 15-game winless streak against Bowdoin (0-12-3) dating back to its last win in the series in 1994.

Bowdoin appeared to be in good shape after scoring the first two goals of the contest, the first just 2:48 into the game and the second at 30:51 to propel the hosts to a 2-0 advantage. Wesleyan cut into the lead before halftime as Kurash was able to find the back of the net at 38:39 to make it a 2-1 game at intermission.

The Cardinals wasted little time taking over the lead early in the second half. Kurash controlled the ball on the left wing and fed a centering pass to Barrie Lindsay '12, who deposited the ball to the lower-right corner to deadlock the contest just 26 ticks into the period. Just over three minutes later, Kurash received a pass in the box from Kerry Doyle '14 and booted the game-winner to the lower-right corner.

Wesleyan, which held a 17-10 advantage in shots, got a pair of saves from Kate Connolly-Smithwick '13 in her first start of the season after rehabilitating from a summer injury. The Polar Bears keeper was busy with nine saves during the game.

Wesleyan will be back on the pitch Sat., Oct. 16, taking on NESCAC foe Bates in Lewiston, Me.  The game will be webcast by the host starting at 2 p.m.  To watch the game, click < here >.