Donovan, Talcott lead women's soccer in 4-0 win over USM

Courtney Talcott '12 scored her first two goals of the season, and now totals nine in her career. Her second score was set up beautifully by Kara Stefaniak '14 (24). (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.) and senior Courtney Talcott (Millbury, Mass.) scored two goals apiece as the Bates women's soccer registered a decisive 4-0 non-conference victory over the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday.

The Bobcats (2-3-2) scored three goals in the first half to quickly gain control of the game. They outshot the Huskies (2-9) by a 44-13 margin, including 27-4 in the first half, and also had a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks (10-0 in the first half).

Huskies senior goalie Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine) made 21 saves, while Bates senior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) made four saves in the shutout.

Talcott netted her first goal of the season in the fourth minute of the game to put the Bobcats up early. First-year Nicki Brill (Westport, Conn.) started the play with a long ball to senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) on the right side of the USM penalty area. Tobin dribbled near the baseline before passing to an open Talcott, who buried her shot from about eight yards away past Rothe.

The first half was a busy one for Rothe, as the speed of the Bobcat forwards kept the pressure on the Huskies. Entering the game only moments prior, Donovan lofted a well placed shot that dropped softly over the USM defense and Rothe and into the far left corner of the net to record her third goal of the season in the 29th minute. She was assisted on the goal by junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.). Eleven minutes later, Donovan struck again as she would convert on one of Bates' 13 corner kicks and net her second goal of the day, tying her with Tobin for the team lead in goals with four. At the half, Bates had dominated the scoreboard as well as in shots, a 27-4 edge.

The second half was more of the same for the Bobcats. Taking the play to the Huskies end for the majority of the day, they were able to once again show off the quickness of their offense, pressuring the Husky defense with another 17 shots. Sophomore Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass.) narrowly missed her goal opportunity when her shot hit the far post and ricocheted back to Rothe's hands. But minutes later, Stefaniak created the prettiest goal of the night, faking out two USM defenders before delivering a perfect pass to the foot of Talcott, who drove home the fourth and final goal of the night for the Bobcats.

USM junior Cathy Wise led the Huskies with four shots, three of which were saved by Burns.

Bates next plays at Wesleyan on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a NESCAC contest. The game can be followed online via live stats.

STATS: Bates 4, Southern Maine 0