Women's soccer battles Amherst to a scoreless draw

Sarah McCarthy helped Bates battle #19 Amherst to a 0-0 draw. (File Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- With temperatures in the 30s and gusty winds at Russell Street Field, the Bates women's soccer team played the 19th-ranked Amherst Lord Jeffs to a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon. 

The Bobcats (5-5-3, 2-3-3) consistently put pressure on Amherst (8-2-2, 4-2-2) keeper Holly Burwick. Burwick tallied 10 saves in the match, including a crucial one in the final minute of the second overtime. Captain Leah Humes got behind the Amherst defense but Burick came out of the box to made a sliding stop just when Humes fired a shot.

Bates keeper Sarah McCarthy finished with seven saves of her own. Offensively the Lord Jeffs out-shot Bates 21-17. Humes led the way for the Bobcats; finishing with four shots on goal. Olivia Amdur finished with three shots while Karen Lockhart tallied two.

Amherst's Maeve McNamara led all players with five shots while Megan Kim finished with four. 

The wind impacted both teams' offenses. Amherst played against the wind in the first period while Bates battled the elements in the second period.

The draw snaps a four-match losing streak for the Bobcats against the Lord Jeffs.

The women's soccer program has some time off before they welcome Middlebury to town on Saturday. The match starts at 11:00 a.m.