Maggie Godley ’16 put away Bowdoin’s first two goals in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colby and scored again in Tuesday’s win over Tufts. She has struck first for the Polar Bears in each of their last three games. 

With the exception of an unassisted, 18-yard chip against Colby, Godley has consistently found herself in a place to score within the team’s aggressive offensive system.

A forward throughout high school and her first two years at Bowdoin, Godley moved to midfield this year but feels comfortable playing upfield on a team that puts an emphasis on getting numbers forward.

“With my background as a forward, I definitely favor attacking,” Godley said, “[Senior captain] Kaley Nelson is a very strong defender. I have faith that if I make an attacking run, she’ll be able to cover me.”

Nelson said that Godley’s technical skill and work ethic are her most admirable qualities.
“She is constantly willing to outwork her opponent,” Nelson said. “She is also incredibly versatile, knowing when to give the ball up or take a player on off the dribble.”

Godley said Bowdoin has attempted to get pressure behind the ball this season and move as a unit after forcing turnovers. The team has also tried to stretch the field as much as possible and dominate play with its speedy forwards. This takes possession away from the other team’s midfield.

“We try to vary the way we attack,” Godley said. “But for the most part, I would say we work it through the midfield, move it wide, and try to get it to our forwards. My favorite ball to get is one over the top where I can run to it, dribble and get past someone, taking it down the line to get a cross or a corner out of it.”

Because of the team’s style of play, Godley said she has not found as many scoring opportunities over the course of the season as she has seen recently.

“I prefer to cross,” she said. “On this team, anyone can score. My strength is setting up my teammates.”

Godley has scored four times and recorded three assists this season, tying her for second and third on the team in these categories respectively.

Her increased presence in the offense has added another threat to an already  dangerous front line composed of Amanda Kinneston ’15 and captain Kiersten Turner ’16, along with hybrid midfielder Jamie Hofstetter ’16, who has assisted on a pair of Godley’s goals.

Godley started her soccer career as a child because her brother was also playing and her father thought it would be easier if they played the same sport. She made the decision to play in college because she has always enjoyed being on a team.

“Throughout high school and at Bowdoin, it’s always been the highlight of my experiences in school,” she said.

The Rhode Island native had always looked at Division III schools because of their academic rigor and was recruited by Maren Rojas, the predecessor of current Head Coach Brianne Weaver.

“I wanted to be a student first and an athlete second,” Godley said. “Making the decision to go to Bowdoin was more than just a soccer choice. You could get injured your first day and never play again.”

Despite being tied for second place in the conference heading into the NESCAC tournament, the squad has sometimes struggled to score this season. In the 11-team conference, Bowdoin is tied with three other teams for sixth-most goals scored.

 The team does not have a single one of the NESCAC’s top scorers. So Godley may have to continue her current hot streak  for the team to make a deep postseason run. The Polar Bears will play a rematch against Tufts in tomorrow’s NESCAC quarterfinal on Pickard field.