LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore So Kim scored a pair of goals and the Bates women's soccer team rallied back from an early Babson goal to defeat the Beavers 3-1 Sunday afternoon on Russell Street Field.
The Bobcats (2-3) outshot the Beavers (3-3-1) by a count of 16-8 on the day, forcing Babson keeper Kayla Salmon to make six saves.
It's the Bobcats' first win over the Beavers since 2006. Bates leads the overall series by a count of 20-4-1.
"Today's team effort was an example of how dangerous this squad will be as we hit the meat of our season," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "To come out on a hot, September Sunday, the day after a conference game on the road, and go down 1-0 early is a lot to handle."
"We rallied and refocused against a quality Babson team, which is an important confidence boost for our side."
Babson struck first in the contest when Emma Dineen intercepted a pass about 30 yards from the goal. She wasted no time firing a shot that got past the diving Bates keeper to put the Beavers up 1-0 in just the third minute of action.
But the Bobcats became the first team this year to score against the Beavers in the first half thanks to Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) and company. Senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) delivered a cross that deflected off sophomore Nellie Breen (Pasadena, Calif.) and Kim chased it down, sliding to score the equalizer.
The Bobcats took the lead for good in the 28th minute. Junior Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) denied a clear attempt with her body, then took control of the ball, dribbling aggressively up the field. Her cross deflected off the keeper right to junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) who took advantage of the open net to score her eighth career goal.
In the 82nd minute, the Bobcats scored perhaps their most impressive goal of the match when Amdur got the ball on the goal line and crossed it to the far post where Kim headed it home for her second tally of the afternoon, extending the Bates lead to 3-1.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made three saves in the win for the Bobcats.
Bates returns to Russell Street Field to host Wesleyan this Saturday at 11am. Then the Bobcats host Williams Sunday at noon.
"We're incredibly proud of the collective energy, belief and action that our group showcased down the stretch for the win," Ross said. "We're also hoping that the Bobcat faithful get out to cheer us on next Saturday and Sunday when Wesleyan and Williams come to town."