Women's soccer captain Ellery Gould '12 is no stranger to being a team leader. Since her first year, Gould has led the squad in both total goals and points. Last Tuesday, Gould became the program's all-time leading scorer in a non-conference game against the University of Maine-Farmington.

Gould scored with 2:37 in the second half, bringing her career tally to 39 goals, breaking the 27-year-old record of Marte Holden '85.

"It was a big accomplishment, especially considering the great athletes that have played for Bowdoin soccer through the years," Gould said. "The record was set 27 years ago, before I was born, which made it even more special."

Nonetheless, Gould seemed more concerned with the team's performance. Her record-breaking goal sparked a five-score rally, as the Polar Bears cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Beavers.

"It was an exciting game because it was a big team win for us," she said. "We actually had seven different people score. The team winning was a lot more important to me."

Over the weekend, the team played to a scoreless draw against Colby. This past Tuesday, Gould added another goal to the record books, as the Polar Bears rallied to beat the University of New England, 3-2.

While this year's squad is 0-3-3 in NESCAC games, it is 4-3-3 overall. Each of the team's NESCAC matches has reached overtime but, it has yet to get a final spark, tying three games and losing the others.

"It hasn't been easy going into overtime in each NESCAC match and coming up short," Gould said. "We haven't gotten the results we've wanted or deserved, but I know we have the ability and talent to break through."

For Gould, it is clear that the most important time of the year is quickly approaching.

"Breaking the record is definitely up there as one of those great moments, but the most exciting part of every year is NESCAC playoffs, that feeling of playing with your entire season on the line," she said.

"This year I know we can do well, and I'm looking forward to it," Gould added.