WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates women's soccer team produced a strong effort, outplaying host Williams College for about a quarter of the game, before falling on a pair of second-half goals to the No. 25 nationally ranked Ephs on Saturday.
Williams (8-3-1, 6-2-0 NESCAC) outshot Bates in the early part of the first half and for nearly the entire second half, finishing the game with a 27-7 edge in shots attempted. However, the visiting Bobcats (2-9-1, 0-7-0) put more shots on goal than the Ephs over the first 66 minutes of the game, as both teams exchanged several good scoring opportunities.
Williams broke the scoreless tie, and Bates' sense of momentum, in the 54th minute, when leading scorer Victoria Laino nailed a a shot from long distance, impossible to save for Bates first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Crawford (Indianapolis, Ind.).
The Ephs clearly became the more confident team after the goal, but the score remained 1-0 until the 86th minute, when Emma Lynch scored from close to the same spot as Laino did, launching a long shot that scraped the upper left corner of the goal and into the net, another offering that was impossible for Crawford to stop.
Williams put five of its eight shots on goal in the final 23 minutes of the game, as Crawford made four of her six saves in that time.
Chelsea Taylor made four saves in the first half for Williams, and Leyla Kamshad made one save in the second half.
Bates returns home to host a second NESCAC game of the weekend on Sunday, as the Bobcats will host rival Bowdoin at 2pm on Garcelon Field.