Women's soccer falls in NESCAC quarterfinals to Trinity, 2-1

Sarah Gutch scored her first career goal on Saturday. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A great season for the Bates College women's soccer team came to an end Saturday against Trinity as the Bobcats fell by a score of 2-1 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. 

The Bobcats got on the board first as first-year Sarah Gutch scored the first goal of her career. In the seventh minute of action, she found the back of the net unassisted from way out to put the Bobcats up 1-0. The perfectly placed kick found a home in the net just inside the left post. 

But the Bantams responded only a few minutes later. In the 14th minute, an impressive set of passes from Taylor Kirchgessner and Laura Nee set up Caroline McKenna who blasted a shot into the net to even the match at one. 

Trinity took the lead in the 35th minute when Laura Nee dribbled the ball along the endline close to the net and found Kirchgessner in the middle of the field for the go-ahead goal. 

Trinity out-shot Bates 8-4 in the first half. The second half featured plenty of shots but no points for either side. Trinity talled 15 shots in the second half to Bates' 12. 

Each keeper kept busy in the contest as the Bobcats' Sarah McCarthy made 12 saves while Trinity's Monica DiFiori made six of her own. Olivia Amdur led all Bobcats with six shots and two shots on goal. 

The Bobcats' season concludes with the loss. Their final record of 7-6-3 is the Bobcat's best winning percentage since 2006.