LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year Emma Lombardo and sophomore Caroline Bogue both found the back of the net to lead the Bates women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Maine Maritime Tuesday night on Garcelon Field in the Bobcats' season opener.
Bates (1-0-0) outshot the Mariners (1-1-0) by a count of 22-3 on the evening, forcing Mariner keeper Emily Conway to make 11 saves.
With less than 20 seconds remaining in the first half, sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) moved the ball quickly up the near sideline. Her cross into the box got deflected right to junior Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) who delivered a great feed up top to Lombardo (Warren, N.J.) and the rookie delivered a floating header into the top right side of the net for her first career goal. DiPillo's assist marks the fifth of her career.
In the 55th minute, the Bobcats got an insurance goal when Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored the third goal of her career. First-year Amelia Waite (Falmouth, Maine) chased down a lead pass from senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) in the near corner. Waite fired a cross to junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) and Turcotte was able to get the ball to Bogue.
Bogue, who is also on the women's basketball team, made a basketball type move, shaking a defender out of her shoes to get good positioning. Then she laced a shot past the diving Conway and the Bobcats had a 2-0 lead.
Defensively, the Bobcats played a physical game, getting called for 19 fouls to Maine Maritime's six. The physical approach worked, as sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) only needed to make three saves between the pipes.
The Mariners thought they had a goal off a set piece in the 67th minute but the score got waved off due to an offside call. It turned out to be their best opportunity as they did not get a shot off again in the match.
Waite, Kim, Bogue and Amdur all recorded two shots on goal apiece for the Bobcats. Allison Boulier recorded a pair of shots on goal for the Mariners. Amdur led all players with five shots while Bogue recorded four.
The victory is the Bobcats' fifth in a row over the Mariners. It's also their sixth straight season opening win. The victory marks Bates' second straight shutout going back to last year when the Bobcats blanked the Colby College Mules 2-0 in the season finale.
The Bobcats open NESCAC play Saturday at 11:00 a.m. when they take on the Hamilton College Continentals on Russell Street Field. Bates defeated Hamilton by a count of 1-0 last year on the road. Hamilton has a home game Wednesday against No. 1 Williams before they make their trip to Lewiston.