LEWISTON, Maine --The Bates College women's soccer team dropped a NESCAC match to No. 2 in the nation Middlebury College 5-0 today on Russell Street Field.
The Panthers improve to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in NESCAC play. The Bobcats (1-6-1, 0-4-0 NESCAC) will be back in action tomorrow, Oct. 6, when they host Trinity (Conn.) for another NESCAC contest at noon on Russell Street Field.
Middlebury jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 9:06 into the game, when Gretchen McGrath connected on a long pass from Anna Glovin. McGrath drilled her shot into the upper-right corner of the goal.
First-year Sofia Fitzgerald (Sudbury, Mass.) had a scoring chance for Bates in the 20th minute, firing her shot on goal from the top of the penalty box, but it was stopped by Panther goalie Ursula Alwang.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead with 12:57 on the clock on a penalty kick by Simone Ameer. Middlebury took a three-goal lead into halftime, capitalizing on a penalty corner sent into the box by Eliza Robinson. Ameer scored again on a header with 30 seconds left in the opening half.
Quinn Rogers gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead 15:05 into the second half, knocking in her shot from the right side. With 14:27 left, Ellie Greenberg scored Middlebury's final goal. Olivia Miller earned the assist.
Alwang played the opening 45 minutes in goal for Middlebury and made one save. Eva Shaw came in for the second half for the Panthers and also stopped one shot. Junior Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) played the opening 73:07 in goal for Bates and made five saves. First-year Elizabeth Crawford (Indianapolis, Ind.) came in for the final 16:53 and had one save.
The Panthers finished with a 21-3 advantage in shots and a 4-0 lead in corners.