BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Three different Bobcats found the back of the net and the Bates women's soccer team defeated the University of New England by a score of 3-0 Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats (3-8) outshot the Nor'easters (5-6-1) by a count of 20-9 in the match. Senior Anastasia Leff (Louisville, Ky.) paced Bates, scoring her first career goal and dishing out her first career assist in the win.
Bates used a pair of goalkeepers to blank UNE, with sophomore Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) making four saves in the first half and sophomore Nicki Lane (Washington, D.C.) tallying a pair of saves in the second half.
With the match scoreless, Nuckols made a save and the Bobcats pushed the ball down the field. On the other end, Leff scored unassisted in the 33rd minute to put the Bobcats up 1-0.
Then Bates struck again on the counter near the end of the first half. The Bobcats blocked a UNE shot attempt and Leff connected with first-year Kelley Reynolds (Hanson, Mass.) in the 45th minute of action for her first collegiate goal.
The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
We were so pleased with the focus and fire the team brought to the first half," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "We saw similar challenges today, compared to what we saw yesterday and I'm proud of the way players responded positively to them."
The Bobcats added to their lead in the 85th minute when junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) found sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) for her third goal of the year. Kim and Turcotte are tied for the team-lead in goals, with Turcotte pacing the Bobcats in total points thanks to her first assist of the season on Sunday.
"Our possession lead to a number of scoring opportunities, which has been a focus of ours over the last two weeks," Ross said. "We'll take this weekends growth and keep moving the needle together."
The Bobcats return to action next Sunday when they visit Elms for a match that gets underway at 1pm.