Bowdoin withstands Bates surge for 2-0 win at Garcelon

Riley Turcotte volleys the ball forward during Bates' 2-0 loss to Bowdoin at Garcelon Field on Oct. 20, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin won the latest installment of its rivalry with the Bates women's soccer team by a 2-0 score Sunday afternoon on Garcelon Field, with Jamie Lau and Lynn Farquhar scoring for the visiting Polar Bears.

Bowdoin (6-6-1, 2-5-1 NESCAC) picked up its second conference win of the season and its second victory of the weekend, following Saturday's 6-0 win over Maine Maritime. And for the second time of the weekend, Bates (2-10-1, 0-8 NESCAC) gave a solid effort in a losing cause against a NESCAC opponent, following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at No. 25 Williams.

The Polar Bears were on the attack early on, forcing Bates first-year goalie Elizabeth Crawford (Indianapolis, Ind.) to make two saves in the opening six minutes. By the time Lau scored in the 15th minute, Bowdoin had outshot Bates 5-0 and earned three corner kicks.

The ball was poked in the outside penalty area by a Bates defender to Lau, who one-timed a looping shot just under the crossbar for a 1-0 Bowdoin lead with 30:17 to go in the first half. The goal was Lau's third of the season.

Bowdoin finished out the half with a 9-2 edge in shots and 8-0 edge in corner kicks.

The Polar Bears doubled their lead in the 66th minute, Morgen Gallagher's shot from point blank was tipped away by Crawford, leaving the ball for Farquhar on the follow into an unguarded net for her second goal of the season.

Bates applied its most offensive pressure of the game in the final minutes. In the 81st minute, senior Laura Jarry's (Calgary, Alberta) shot bounced off the post to senior Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.), whose off-balance volley traveled over an open goal. In the final minute of the game, first-year Sofia Fitzgerald (Sudbury, Mass.) headed a corner kick from first-year Cecelia Pilgrim (North Kingstown, R.I.) down to the lower left corner of the goal, but a Polar Bear defender kicked it away for a team save. Over the last 18 minutes of the game, Bates outshot Bowdoin 6-1 and tallied five corner kicks.

Bowdoin finished with a 22-9 advantage in shots and 11-5 in corners. Penny Rocchio made two saves to earn the win in goal for Bowdoin. Crawford made seven saves for the Bobcats.

Next Saturday, Bates will host Amherst at 11am for Senior Day, while Bowdoin will host Williams at noon.