Women's soccer falls 2-0 to Connecticut College

Olivia Amdur recorded a pair of shots on goal against Connecticut College on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Marielle McEnaney dished out a pair of assists to lead the Connecticut College Camels to a 2-0 win over the Bates women's soccer team Saturday morning on Russell Street Field.

"The level of play within the NESCAC is fierce and our group battled today," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "Games like this one prepare us for non-conference match-ups which we will dive back into tomorrow" (against the University of New England). 
"We also want to give a shout-out to all the families, friends and women's soccer alums who were on the sidelines today," Ross added. "Their energy was awesome and we're super thankful for the support."

The Camels (7-3, 2-3 NESCAC) and Bobcats (2-8, 0-8 NESCAC) spent the first 10 minutes of action in a defensive struggle, with neither team recording a shot. But in the 10th minute, the Camels earned a corner kick. McEnaney threaded the corner through a number of Bates defenders until the ball found the foot of teammate Kat Norton by the far post. Norton blasted the ball into the back of the net for her ninth score of the season.

In the 23rd minute, the Camels added to their lead when McEnaney delivered a feed up ahead to Alex Baltazar and Baltazar dove straight toward the ball and the net, heading it past the Bobcat keeper from about 15 yards out for her fourth tally of the year. 

Bates recorded a pair of shots on goal in the first half, with Camel keeper Sarah Williams denying an attempt from first-year Sophie Matt (New Albany, Ohio) in the 35th minute and stopping a long shot off a set piece from senior captain Sarah Gutch (Gaithersburg, Md.) in the 38th minute.

Down 2-0 at halftime, the Bobcats put the pressure on the Camels in the second half. Senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) forced Camel keeper Katy Pelletier to make an acrobatic save in the 54th minute and a header from sophomore Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) off an Amdur corner missed wide in the 55th minute. Matt followed up Bogue's attempt with a shot that hit the post and a handball got called against the Camels. Unfortunately for Bates, Pelletier was able to deny Amdur's penalty kick.

In the 81st minute, a header from sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) off an Amdur corner missed wide and a Bogue shot in the 82nd minute went just high of the goal.

The Camels outshot Bates 15-10 on the day. Each team recorded six corner kicks and both squads switched goalkeepers at halftime. Sophomore Nicki Lane (Washington, D.C.) made three saves off the bench in the 45 minutes and did not allow a goal for Bates.

The Bobcats travel to the University of New England on Sunday for a match that gets underway at 2pm.