DiPillo scores twice in women's soccer's 2-2 draw with USM

Senior Sarah DiPillo scored her first two goals of the season in a 2-2 draw between the Bates women's soccer team and the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, September 22, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Sarah DiPillo scored a pair of goals in a 2-2 draw between the Bates women's soccer team and the University of Southern Maine Sunday afternoon at Russell Street Field.

The Bobcats (1-4-1) and Huskies (4-3-1) combined for four goals in the first half but neither team scored after Adela Kalilwa's equalizer in the 18th minute. 

Bates struck first in just the second minute of action off a corner kick. Senior Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.) delivered a perfect feed and DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) one-timed it home while on the move parallel to the goal line for her first goal of the season. 

The Huskies tied the match for the first time in the 16th minute. Alex Allain fed the ball ahead from midfield and Kalilwa got behind the defense, beat the Bobcat keeper to the ball, and scored on an empty net. 

The match didn't stay tied at one for long. The Bobcats grabbed their second lead of the match in the 17th minute. First-year Adelaide Armah (Accra, Ghana) fired a shot on goal that USM keeper Kayla Gorman stopped at her feet. But the ball remained loose in front of the net and DiPillo cleaned up for her second goal of the match and the seventh of her career.

Bates' lead was short-lived. On the ensuing kick-off in the 18th minute, Kalilwa once again snuck behind the Bobcat defense and Allain delivered another perfect feed. Kalilwa scored on an empty net and the score sat tied at two not even halfway through the first half. 

But no one scored again. 

The Bobcats held a commanding advantage Sunday when it came to shots, out-shooting the Huskies 30-11.  Gorman recorded 13 saves for USM while junior captain Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made six saves for Bates. Both keepers played all 110 minutes. 

Senior captain Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) paced Bates with eight shots, including four on goal. Emma Dennison tallied four shots, three on goal, for USM.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday when they host Tufts at 12pm on Russell Street Field.