LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Riley Turcotte scored her second goal of the season and the ninth of her career but the Bates women's soccer team fell 2-1 to the Wesleyan University Cardinals Saturday morning on Russell Street Field.
In the 12th minute of action, the Cardinals (5-2, 2-1 NESCAC) struck first. Julia Meehan took a throw-in on the far side and after a fight for the ball Melissa Wilhelm was able to get a clean centering pass off to Gianna Argento, who finished strong by finding the right side of the back of the net, putting the Cardinals up 1-0.
Argento wasn't done. In the 28th minute, the Cardinals stole a Bates throw-in and after a centering pass to Argento, she did the rest. Argento snuck by a Bates defender and went top shelf on the left side of net to put Wesleyan up 2-0.
"You have to tip your hat to Wesleyan for taking advantage of a crazy first half wind," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "That being said, when we stayed disciplined in our attacking movement, we generated dangerous looks."
Those dangerous looks turned into a goal for the Bobcats (2-4, 0-4 NESCAC) in the 63rd minute. Sophomore Maddie Sirois (Maplewood, N.J.) delivered a cross that Wesleyan keeper Zoe Cassels-Brown punched into the air. When the ball came down, Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) kneed it in to cut the Cardinal lead to one.
The Bobcats nearly tallied the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) fired a shot top shelf that Cassels-Brown was just able to tap over the crossbar.
With the wind at their back, the Cardinals outshot Bates 8-0 in the first half but the Bobcats outshot the Cardinals 7-4 in the second half.
Bates takes on No. 1 Williams Sunday at 12pm.
"Our group knows how we can be most successful and tomorrow we'll aim to stay the course for more of the 90 minutes," Ross said. "We'll also capitalize on our finishing opportunities. Most teams don't get to welcome to the defending national champion to your home field and we're eager to show our resiliency on the back end of a doubleheader NESCAC weekend."