Women's soccer defeated at Bowdoin in road debut

Junior back Adena Bernot sent a shot just over the crossbar in Bates' shutout loss at Bowdoin on Sept. 11, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- For the second game in a row, the Bates women's soccer team fell into an early deficit it couldn't recover from, as the Bobcats fell 4-0 Tuesday at Bowdoin in their first road game of the season.

The Polar Bears (1-1-1, 1-1-0 NESCAC) scored their first goals of the season in collecting their first win of the season. The Bobcats fall to 1-2-0 (0-2-0 NESCAC).

Less than five minutes into action, Emily Pawlak lined up a free kick from just outside the box. The senior rang her shot off the crossbar and the ball bounced down and across the goal line. Sophia Lemmer served a free kick from the left side, roughly 40 yards out, to the top of the box. The ball deflected back to Julia Patterson, who turned and made a quick move before launching a right footed shot up and over the hands of Bates sophomore goalie Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Bates nearly tallied an equalizer three minutes later, as junior back Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.) fired off a similar shot to Patterson's, with the ball sailing just over the crossbar.

Bowdoin responded in the 23rd minute, with Morgen Gallagher streaking down the right side, beating a defender, and finding Lynn Farquhar on the far post with a long cross. Farquar put the ball away with a clean one-touch.

The Polar Bears capped the half with a final goal in the last 1:58 of play. Allie Dougel worked the ball on the right side of the box and sent a bouncing pass into the middle where Kate Morrison connected midair for the goal.

Two minutes into the second half, Bates looked to score as sophomore Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) bounced a shot off the crossbar, only to see the ball bounce back into play and be cleared by the Bowdoin defense.

The Polar Bears held a 13-7 advantage in shots and 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Nuckols made three saves for the Bobcats, while Sabrina Albanese earned the win with a scoreless first half in net. Penny Rocchio played 20 minutes in net for Bowdoin and Isabel Ball made two saves in 25 minutes of work.

"Today was a test of our collective resiliency and while we earned a passing grade, we're also aware of how we can be better the next time out," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "We were encouraged by our second half possession, the creation of more scoring opportunities and the teams overall effort. We're eager to come back together and take that momentum into the weekend."

Bates has a 12pm game at Tufts on Saturday, the Bobcats' third NESCAC game in a row.