McCarthy and Amdur lead women's soccer to 1-0 win at Hamilton

Sophomore Adena Bernot and the Bates defense shut down Hamilton in a 1-0 victory to begin NESCAC play on Saturday, September 9, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Senior captain Sarah McCarthy made 11 saves and recorded her sixth career shutout in a 1-0 victory for the Bates women's soccer team to open NESCAC play Saturday afternoon at Hamilton.

"She has been a rock for us in her career," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "Her communication and her confidence in this team is so important. We could not have asked for more out of her today." 

McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was brilliant between the pipes for Bates, finishing just one shy of matching her career-high for saves in a match. The Continentals (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC) tallied 17 shots to Bates' seven but the Bobcats (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) got the only goal they needed in the 21st minute.

A Hamilton pass at around near midfield went too wide for the intended target and sophomore MacKenzie Kelly (Dallas, Texas) secured possession for Bates. She fed it to sophomore Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.), who dropped it back to junior Cassidy McCarns (Branford, Conn.). McCarns passed the ball ahead toward the Hamilton goal where DiPillo delivered a quick pass to junior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) on the left wing. 

Amdur made a couple nifty moves and shook her defender, crossing the ball toward the net. The ball bounced off a Hamilton defender and in for the eventual game-winning score.

"It was a perfect pass from DiPillo," Amdur said. "It's hard to take credit for that goal but it was fun!"

The shot was Amdur's only one of the afternoon. DiPillo led Bates with two shots, one on goal. 

The Continentals could not get anything past McCarthy. The Bobcat defense was stout overall, denying five corner kick opportunities, including two in the second half.

In the 81st minute, an Amanda Becker shot missed high and in the 82nd minute Katie Kreider missed high as well. Then McCarthy made a save on a Kreider shot just 30 seconds later. The last opportunity for Hamilton came in the 86th minute, but McCarthy denied a Cat Gambino shot on goal. 

"It was a great team effort today," McCarthy said. "This is how we wanted to start our season."

The Bobcats return to non-conference play with a trip to Babson Saturday afternoon. The match begins at 2:30 p.m.