Laura Kurash '13 Has a Goal & an Assist, Including OT Winner, in 2-1 NESCAC Win over Bowdoin
Laura Kurash '13 (#8, photo) netted the golden goal with 2:03 gone in the first overtime period as Wesleyan defeated Bowdoin, 2-1, in women's soccer Sat., Sept. 10 to inaugurate the NESCAC schedule.
Just under two minutes into the extra period, Kerry Doyle '14 sent the ball to Amy Toig '14 on the far right side. Toig passed the ball to Kurash in front of the Bowdoin net, and Kurash tapped it in at the 92:03 mark for the game-winner. Kurash, who was the Cardinals' leading scorer in 2009 and 2010, has now scored seven game-winning goals in her career, including three in overtime. Wesleyan stands 10-8-4 over the 22 games in which Kurash has played. She also had the game-winner in 2010 as the Cardinals rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Polar Bears in Brunswick, Me.
Wesleyan had drawn first blood as Emma Nitzberg '12 put in a rebound in the 26th minute. Kurash's initial shot was saved by the Bowdoin keeper, but the rebound went to Nitzberg, who put it home at 25:43.
Bowdoin was held without a shot for the first 39 minutes of the game, but the Polar Bears dominated play at the start of the second half. The visitors broke through in the 53rd minute, evening the count at 52:42.
Wesleyan held a 24-9 edge in shots in the game, thanks largely to a 14-2 first-half edge in that category. Jessica Tollman '15, in her first career game, had three stops in the Wesleyan net, all in the second half.
Bowdoin leads the all-time series with the Cardinals 27-5-3, but Wesleyan has now won back-to-back games for the first time in the series. Three of the last four contests between the squads have gone to overtime, as the sides battled to a 1-1 draw in Middletown in 2008 and Bowdoin took a 2-1 OT victory at Wesleyan in 2009.
Wesleyan returns to the pitch on Wed., Sept. 14 as the Cardinals host Eastern Connecticut in a non-conference game.