Cardinals Battle Defending NCAA Champ Bowdoin Down to the Wire but Fall, 1-0, in Opener
Defending NESCAC and NCAA Champion Bowdoin scored with just under two minutes remaining to defeated Wesleyan, 1-0, in both teams' season and conference opener Sat., Sept. 10. With the victory, Bowdoin won its eighth straight game dating back to the 2010 season and now stands 27-9 all time against Wesleyan.
The Polar Bears dominated play for much of the game, holding a 10-3 advantage in shots through the first 68 minutes, but it took a tip-in of an elevated pass to decide the scoreless battle. A ball lofted into the Wesleyan circle was batted while airborne over the shoulder of Cardinal keeper Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo), who finished the game with six saves.
Wesleyan nearly netted the equalizer at the end of the half, as the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner with two seconds remaining in the game, but Morgan McCauley '12 fired a hard shot just to the left of the cage as time expired.
The teams spent a good amount of the 70 minutes in the Bowdoin offensive end, but a strong Wesleyan defense, supported by the play of Redding kept the Polar Bears at bay. Bowdoin took 12 corners in the contest to Wesleyan's two, but only four Polar Bear corners resulted in shots.
The game marked the fourth consecutive one-goal battle between the two teams, with Bowdoin holding a 3-1 advantage in those four contests. Bowdoin took a 2-1 victory in Brunswick, Me., last season en route to a 20-1 campaign, and the Cardinals earned a 3-2 victory on penalty strokes in Middletown in 2009.
Wesleyan hosts Mount Holyoke Wed., Sept. 14 in its next start.