BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A battle of nationally-ranked squads did not disappoint on Saturday, Sept. 24, as Bowdoin first-year Kristen Veiga scored the game-winning goal in sudden-death penalty strokes to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 win over Williams. Bowdoin (5-0, 2-0 NESCAC) is ranked 15th in the latest national poll, while Williams entered the contest ranked 13th.

Senior Margaret Gormley put Bowdoin on top 1-0 with 1:43 left in the first half when she knocked in a pass from junior Susan Morris. Williams quickly found an equalizer under two minutes into the second half when Elspeth MacMillan scored off a Rebecca Allen pass with 33:42 remaining. The game would remain tied through the rest of regulation, sending it to overtime.

During overtime, Bowdoin was twice aided by strong defensive plays. Veiga stopped a Williams attack with 7:55 remaining in the first overtime, while a superb defensive stop by sophomore Val Young may have saved the game with 2:49 remaining in the second overtime period. The first shoot-out round ended with both teams converting three tries, while each team scored twice in the second round, sending it to sudden death, where a save by Bowdoin netminder Kate Leonard on the first attempt of sudden-death strokes set the stage for Veiga's game-winner.

In the victory, junior keeper Kate Leonard saved 10 Willams shots, while Emily Wasserman provided 16 stops for the Ephs. With the win, Bowdoin improves to 5-0, 2-0 in NESCAC play. Williams falls to 5-1 and 2-1 in the conference. The Polar Bears resume play next Saturday at Amherst.

-- Courtesy Bowdoin