CHICOPEE, Mass. — Bates sophomore So Kim scored the game winner in the 88th minute to lead the women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Elms College in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon on the Blazers' Leary Field.
The Bobcats improve to 4-8 this season, while Elms falls to 9-5-1 this year.
It was the second straight win and second straight shutout for Bates. The Bobcats have earned three shutouts this season. Sophomore Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Bates and stopped the two shots she faced. Sophomore Nicki Lane (Washington, D.C.) came in for the second half and stopped the lone shot she faced.
"Elms forced us to be purposeful in our possession and we were really happy with the way we moved the ball around," said head coach Kelsy Ross. "We were aggressive in our effort to get shots off and moving into next week, we'll focus on getting more to show for that. It was nice to get the result solidified today."
Kim's (Thornhill, Ontario) goal came with 2:04 left in regulation. Senior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) set up the play, notching her team-high fourth assist. Kim now leads the Bobcats with four goals and eight points this fall. Sunday's goal was her first game-winner this year.
The Bobcats finished with a 33-7 advantage in total shots. Bates also logged a 10-0 lead in corners.
The Bobcats came inches away from scoring in the 19th minute, when Amdur clanged a shot off the post. In the 68th minute, junior Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.) fired a shot off the crossbar. Senior Anastasia Leff (Louisville, Ky.) was there to collect the rebound, but her blast sailed just above the crossbar.
Elms' best scoring chance came in the 87th minute, just before the Bates goal. The Blazers earned a free kick about 10 yards outside of the box after a foul on the Bobcats. Kelsey Shea stepped up to drill a shot on goal but Lane was there to make the save for Bates.
The Bobcats are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 17, when they host Lesley for another non-conference game on Russell Street Field at 3pm.