Hamilton uses early offense to defeat women's soccer 2-0

Sophomore Katherine Nuckols made four saves in the Bates women's soccer team's 2-0 loss to Hamilton on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Alex Fontana and Cat Gambino netted first half goals and the Hamilton Continentals defeated the Bates women's soccer team 2-0 Saturday morning on Russell Street Field.

Hamilton (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) already had a 2-0 lead before Bates (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) recorded a shot. 

In the ninth minute of action, Kayleigh Harris found Fontana who blasted a shot to the top left corner of the net, putting Hamilton up 1-0. Just four minutes later, the Continentals drew a foul in the box off a corner kick, setting up Gambino who converted the penalty kick to extend the lead to 2-0.

Neither team scored after that, with Hamilton outshooting the Bobcats 18-5 on the day. Sophomore Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made four saves between the pipes for Bates and Rachel Pike recorded three for Hamilton.

"We're working to play a consistently, possession oriented style of soccer this fall, and we saw that for chunks of todays match," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "Our next building block is to increase that possession, and have the build-up play result in more attacking opportunities. I'm really proud of how coachable this group has been early on and confident that we'll keep putting pieces together."

The Bobcats did not record a shot until the 22nd minute when sophomore Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) missed just high on an attempt. Junior Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.) narrowly missed wide on a header attempt off a corner kick from senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) in the 26th minute. Then in the 28th minute, junior Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) forced Pike to make her first save of the day. DiPillo forced Pike to make another save in the 41st minute as Bates played much stronger down the stretch in the first half.

The second half proved to be a defensive struggle, with sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) recording the Bobcats' only shot of the period in the 80th minute, forcing Pike to make her third save. 

Bates will look to bounce back this Tuesday when they visit Bowdoin for a match that gets underway at 4pm. 

"The season is a journey and today was one stop on our ride," Ross said. "We're already looking forward to the next one."