Women's soccer ends Lesley's nine-game winning streak in 2-1 home victory

Riley Turcotte gave Bates the lead in the first half as the Bobcats went on to defeat Lesley University 2-1 on Oct. 18, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's soccer team defeated Lesley University for its third straight victory on Thursday afternoon, knocking off the 10th-ranked Division III team in New England 2-1 on a cold and windy afternoon at Russell Street Field.

"This was our final non-conference match-up of the fall against a quality opponent - a 2017 NCAA tournament participant who is regularly regionally ranked," said head coach Kelsy Ross. "Getting the result over them is a testament to how talented our side really is."

Riley Turcotte and So Kim provided the scoring for the Bobcats (5-8), with Turcotte putting up the lone score in the first half and Kim doubling the lead in the 50th minute.

Kayleigh Chicas scored unassisted for the Lynx in the 54th minute, her second score of the season.

Lesley (11-4) had won nine games in a row, with their last loss coming Sept. 13 against Simmons. The Lynx are the defending New England Collegiate Conference champions.

"I'm incredibly proud of the focus and discipline our group displayed today, especially at this point in the season," said Ross. "We were purposeful for a full 90 minutes. There is no quit in this team and that's fun to work with."

In the sixth minute of the game, Bates forward Sarah DiPillo threw the ball in to Turcotte, who made a couple touches on the ball before firing past Lesley goalie Brittley Gaan from about 20 yards away. The goal temporarily tied Turcotte with Kim for the team scoring lead, with four.

Bates went up by two early in the fifth minute of the second half, with Caroline Bogue pushing the ball forward before slotting a pass to Kim for the finish from about 6 yards out.

Chicas cut the lead in half with 36:01 left in the game, converting a beautiful direct kick from 22 yards out that passed over a three-player Bates wall and found the back of the net inches under the crossbar.

Only 16 shots were attempted in the game, with the Lynx holding a 9-7 advantage, as well as a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Bates goalie Katherine Nuckols and Lesley goalie Gaan made two saves apiece.

Bates will return to NESCAC action Saturday at Middlebury, with a 12pm start.

"We're excited to hop on the bus, take a fall foliage tour and get down to business against the Panthers this weekend," said Ross.