BRUNSWICK, Maine – Wesleyan's Grace Devanny scored once in each half to lead the women's soccer team (4-1-0, 2-1-0) past Bowdoin 2-1 on the road Saturday. The game-winner came with just 3:30 remaining in regulation as first-year Devanny tallied her fourth career goal. Today's victory against the Polar Bears (0-4-1, 0-3-1) gives the Cardinals their best start through five games since 2009, extending their win streak to four.
"Today we showed what we are made of," expressed head coach Eva Meredith. "We had a slow start, but the team showed grit and resilience in the second half, as we found a way to beat a very good team. Devanny had a stellar performance with two tallies, while Mackenzie Mitchell and Cheyanne Ollie's strong defense helped us solidify the win."
- The Cardinals had a great chance to open the scoring at the 3:10 mark, but Devanny's cross from the right corner flag was met by a Bowdoin defender who cleared it out of danger.
- The Polar Bears threatened at the 7:53 mark when Sophia Lemmer beat a defender before rifling a shot towards the goal, but Wesleyan goaltender Sarah Hammond made a diving save to deny the chance.
- Devanny persisted, finding the back of the net at the 19:24 mark. She carried the ball down the right side, before beating a Bowdoin defender and burying the ball in the bottom left corner for the 1-0 Wesleyan edge.
- Just 1:09 later, the Cardinals looked to double their lead, but Polar Bear goalkeeper Penny Rocchio dove to her right to deny Wesleyan's chance.
- Bowdoin found the equalizer at the 30:03 mark when Jamie Lau one-timed a cross by Lemmer, chipping the ball just over Hammond's head to knot the game 1-1.
- Wesleyan looked to take the lead at the 58:56 mark with back-to-back shots by Devanny. After beating two defenders, Devanny's initial shot was denied by Rocchio, before pressure by Rocchio forced her one-timer rebound went just wide right.
- The Polar Bears had their best chance to break the tie at the 82:44 mark when Olivia Pena faked to her right, before rifling a shot from the top of the 18. The ball hit the crossbar, before ricocheting back into play, but a Cardinal defender was able to clear the ball out of bounds.
- Wesleyan's Devanny tallied the game-winner at the 86:30 mark. She beat a Bowdoin defender to draw Rocchio off her line, before sneaking the ball into the bottom right corner for the 2-1 triumph.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hammond earned her fourth win of the season with three stops in net, while Rocchio made four saves during the contest.
- Wesleyan held an edge in shots (11-7), while each team recorded seven corner kicks.
- The Cardinals have a quick turnaround, as they return to Middletown, Conn. to host Colby at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.