Ithaca comes from behind against Bowdoin to move to Round of 16
ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca (19-1-2) scored two late goals to defeat Bowdoin (11-4-4) 2-1 in an NCAA regional final game on Sunday afternoon at Carp Wood Field.
Ithaca advances to the Round of 16 for the fifth time in six years. The Bombers will face Misericordia at a location to be announced Monday.
Winning their school-record tying 19th game, the Bombers improved to 2-0 all-time against the Polar Bears. Ithaca played Bowdoin in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and posted a 2-0 shutout.
Ithaca outshot Bowdoin, 14-8, and held a 9-2 gap in corner kicks.
Polar Bear sophomore Abby Einwag came off the bench to tally the game's first goal in the 25th minute. Following a Bowdoin throw-in along the right sideline, freshman Jamie Hofstetter found Einwag camped out on the left post. Einwag headed in a low ball for the 1-0 advantage.
Fifteen scoreless minutes opened the second stint. The Bombers earned a trio of corner kicks before a free kick led to the game-tying goal. Junior Anna Gray sent a free kick into the box that got batted out by the Bowdoin defense. Bomber junior Alex Liese collected the loose ball and served it into the right side of the box where classmate Ellyn Grant-Keane headed it in to tie the game at one.
Bowdoin surged to take a flurry of shots, but it was an Ithaca shot that followed to seal the victory for the Bombers. Grant-Keane beat a defender along the right end line before finding the feet of junior Amanda Callanan at the top of the box. Callanan dribbled in and laced a shot at McCarthy causing her to fumble the ball. It fell between her legs and crossed the plane for the score.
The Polar Bears recorded the final two shots of the game, but could not convert. Junior Molly Popolizio fired a shot from 25 yards out to the right side of goal at 86:48, but Ithaca goalkeeper Becca Salant made the save to preserve the Bomber victory.
Salant finished the game with three saves.