HENNIKER, N.H. -- An early goal by Samantha Escobar stood up as the game-winner for New England College in a hard-fought, non-conference 1-0 victory over the Bates College field hockey team Wednesday afternoon.
New England College forward Samantha Escobar (Rumney, N.H.) scored the lone goal of the game at the 8:09 mark, tip-in a shot from Khatianna Evans (Wayne, Maine), helping lift the host Pilgrims to 10-5 overall, while the loss drops the Bobcats to 1-9.
NEC had several scoring opportunities throughout the opening half, outshooting the Bobcats 5-2 and holding a 7-2 advantage in penalty corner opportunities.
Bates' best scoring chance came as the clock expired with two shots on net off a penalty corner, but Pilgrim keeper Mary Roux (Auburn, Mass.) made the saves to keep the Bobcats off the board.
The Pilgrims finished the game outshooting the Bobcats 13-8 and held on to an 11-8 advantage in corners.
Roux finished with seven saves. Splitting time in net for Bates was junior Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.), who finished with three saves, and senior Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.), who finished with an impressive seven saves.
Bates will host conference opponent Middlebury this Saturday at 11 a.m.