Women's soccer falls to Amherst on Senior Day

Senior captain Riley Turcotte was one of five seniors honored before Saturday's match against Amherst. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The visiting Amherst College Mammoths tallied a pair of goals in the first half and two more in the second half to defeat the Bates women's soccer team by a final score of 4-0 Saturday at Russell Street Field.

Amherst (10-3-1, 5-3-1 NESCAC) tallied 31 shots and held Bates (2-11-1, 0-9-0 NESCAC) to six shots on the afternoon. 

The Mammoths struck first in the third minute of action. Sarah Sullivan ripped a shot from straight on just outside the box. It bounced off the left post and deflected right to Sophia Fikke, who tapped it home, putting Amherst up 1-0.

Ruby Hastie's outstanding effort in the ninth minute of action extended the lead. She dribbled the ball down the far sideline and split three Bates defenders. Then Hastie fired a shot low that hit the right post and deflected into the back of the net, making the score 2-0.

Bates' defense tightened up after that, blanking the Mammoths for the rest of the half. Junior goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made nine of her 10 saves in the first half. 

The Bobcats recorded their only shot on goal in the 45th minute when first-year Elizabeth Patrick's (Ipswich, Mass.) shot got stopped by Erica Sanders. 

Alexa Juarez came off the bench and scored two goals for the Mammoths in the second half. 

In the 57th minute, Fikke delivered a perfect feed off a set piece to the back post that Juarez headed top shelf into the back-left corner of the net, making the score 3-0.

Juarez used her head again off a cross in the 64th minute but this time the ball deflected off the crossbar. Luckily for her, the ball bounced straight back to Juarez and she finished with her right foot, rounding out the scoring on the afternoon for Amherst.  

Amherst's Isabel Stern led all players with six shots on the day. Patrick tallied a pair of shots to lead Bates. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Crawford (Indianapolis, Ind.) impressed off the bench, making four saves in 23:46 minutes without allowing a goal.

The Bobcats honored the senior class of 2020 before the match. Bates' seniors this year are MacKenzie Kelly (Dallas, Texas), Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.), Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.), Laura Jarry (Calgary, Alberta) and Adena Bernot (Old Westbury, N.Y.). 

Bates is back in action Tuesday when the Bobcats visit rival Colby. The match gets underway at 3pm.