Women’s soccer holds off Colby through regulation, but Mules get win in OT

Olivia Amdur and the Bates College women's soccer team battled Colby College to a 0-0 tie through regulation, but the Mules scored early in OT for the 1-0 win on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 on Russell Street Field. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College women's soccer team held off Colby College through regulation, but the Mules scored 6:25 into the first overtime period to secure a 1-0 victory in a NESCAC match played on Russell Street Field Tuesday afternoon.

Colby (7-6-1, 3-6-1 NESCAC) was awarded a penalty kick in the 97th minute after a Bates foul in the box. Sarah Lofstrom sent her shot into the back of the net to clinch the win for the Mules.

Bates finishes its season with a 5-10 overall record and a 0-10 mark in NESCAC play. Bobcat seniors Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.), Sarah Gutch (Gaithersburg, Md.), Anastasia Leff (Louisville, Ky.) and Cassidy McCarns (Brandford, Conn.) were playing the final match of their Bates soccer careers.

In the 89th minute, junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) drilled two shots towards the goal for Bates, but both attempts were blocked. Earlier in the second half, the Bobcats had one of their best scoring chances, when Amdur fired a shot on goal that was saved by the Colby keeper. The rebound bounced to sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) whose shot sailed just wide. Kim also came inches away from scoring in the first half, when her header went off the post in the 28th minute.

"This result was cruel," said Bates Head Coach Kelsy Voss. "We had really good opportunities and got on the wrong end of theirs. Sometimes that's how soccer games go. Our seasons' numbers do not explain the level of soccer our group played, which is a tough concept to sit with. We're thankful for the way our group was able to be purposeful in the growth of our women's soccer values and are confident of the payoff that will have long-term."
 
Sophomore Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) played all 96:25 in goal for the Bobcats and finished with six saves. Shannon Gray played the entire match in goal for the Mules and made five stops. Colby held a slight 18-15 advantage in shots. Each team logged eight corners.