Women's soccer falls 4-1 at home to No. 16 Tufts

Senior Adena Bernot makes a defensive save against No. 16 nationally ranked Tufts on Saturday, September 28, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's soccer team took on No. 16 nationally ranked Tufts in a NESCAC matchup Saturday afternoon on Russell Street Field, falling to the Jumbos by a final score of 4-1.

Bates (1-5-1, 0-3-0 NESCAC) got outshot by Tufts (6-1-1, 2-1-0 NESCAC) by a margin of 38 to 2.

Early in the first half, Tufts broke the scoreless tie behind a goal from Lily Sykes. Sykes received the ball just outside the box and rifled it into the top right corner to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later, the Jumbos added to their lead. Off of a pass from Hannah Isenhart, Madeleine Pero fired a one-timer that snuck inside the right post to give Tufts a 2-0 advantage.

Tufts then capped off their first-half scoring flurry with another goal in the 37th minute. Following a shot off the crossbar and another off a Bates defender, the ball bounced to Margaux Ameer who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it a 3-0 lead.

Bates finally broke through on the scoresheet in the second half on a spectacular goal from first-year Elizabeth Patrick (Ipswich, Mass.). In the 64th minute, Patrick fired a shot from the right wing that beat the Tufts' keeper from an impossible angle to narrow the deficit to 3-1.

Tufts added another goal to the scoreboard 15 minutes later. In the 79th minute, Stephanie DiLeo headed the ball into the back of the net off a long free kick to stretch the lead to 4-1.

Junior Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made nine saves between the pipes for Bates and senior backer Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.) recorded a defensive save.

The Bobcats will try and rebound next Saturday, October 5th, at 11 am when they take on NESCAC rivals Middlebury on Russell Street Field.