Women’s soccer falls to No. 22 Wesleyan

The Bates College women's soccer team dropped a NESCAC match 5-0 to No. 22 Wesleyan (Conn.) on Saturday, October 12, 2019. (Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --The Bates College women's soccer team lost 5-0 to No. 22 Wesleyan (Conn.) in a NESCAC contest played today on the Cardinals' Jackson Field.

Wesleyan is now 7-2-2 overall and 3-2-2 in NESCAC action. The Bobcats fall to 1-8-1 and 0-6-0 in conference play. Kate Hausladen led the Cardinals with two goals, and Grace Devanny and Emily Ribatt each scored and recorded an assist.

Bates had a scoring chance just 34 seconds in. First-year Joanna Cloutier (Portland, Ore.) fired a shot from the top of the 18, but the Wesleyan keeper denied the chance. The Cardinals threatened during the second minute with back-to-back shots by Audrey Lavey. The first shot caused Bates' goaltender first-year Elizabeth Crawford (Indianapolis, Ind.) to come charging off her line to deny the chance, before Cloutier came up big with a defensive save on the ensuing shot to keep the contest scoreless.

Wesleyan got on the scoreboard at the 14:24 mark. Nicole Brodkowitz served the ball into the box from the top right of the 18. The cross deflected off a Bobcat defender, before Hausladen settled the loose ball, finding the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.

The Cardinals came out strong in the second half, scoring at the 48:48 mark. Lavey redirected a header by Devanny to give Wesleyan a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals added two goals in the 62nd minute. Hausladen buried a rebound off the crossbar to make it 3-0, and Emily Ribatt extended the lead to 4-0 just 24 seconds later. Devanny one-timed a cross from Ribatt for the final goal of the day.

First-year Cecelia Pilgrim (North Kingstown, R.I.) sent a shot on goal at the 80:42 mark, but Cardinal goaltender Courtney Litts, stepped up to make the save.

Crawford played all 90 minutes in goal and finished with a career-high 10 saves. Sarah Hammond started for Wesleyan and made two saves. Courtney Litts came in for the final 18:18 and stopped two shots.

The Cardinals logged a 32-4 advantage in shots and a 10-2 lead in corners.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Oct. 13, when they host Maine-Farmington for a non-conference game at 2 p.m. on Garcelon Field.