Panthers blanked by NE's top-ranked team

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Bowdoin College, the top-ranked women's soccer team in Division III New England, needed three goals in the last 16 minutes Wednesday afternoon to defeat Plymouth State College in a non-conference match at Panther Field.

The Polar Bears had a decisive advantage in shots on goal, but with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half, the game remained scoreless. Bowdoin, ranked eighth in the nation, turned up the pressure and went on to capture the victory and improve to 9-1-1 overall. PSC drops its third in a row and falls to 6-6-1.

Junior Alison Lavoie (Nashua, NH) scored one goal and assisted on another to lead the Bowdoin offense. She broke the scoreless tie at the 73:55 mark with a shot from the top of the box that went over the reach of PSC junior keeper Becky Kennedy (West Springfield, Mass.).

Eight minutes later, senior Kate Walz (Wallingford, Conn.) picked up a loose ball in the box and deposited it in the back of the net for a 2-0 Polar Bear lead. Freshman Hillary Smith (Denver, Col.) rounded out the scoring with less than five minutes remaining, with an assist by Lavoie.

The Polar Bears had a 25-1 advantage in shots on goal. Kennedy played a solid game for PSC, finishing with 11 saves, while Bowdoin senior keeper Sarah Farmer (Vienna, Va.) did not make any saves.

PSC returns to action Saturday (Oct. 14) with a Little East Conference contest at Rhode Island College (11 a.m.). Bowdoin plays on the road again Saturday at New England Small College Athletic Conference rival Connecticut College in New London, Conn. (2:30 p.m.)