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Ohio connection lifts field hockey past Williams, 1-0





LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Riley Kundtz scored her second game-winning goal of the season only 10 minutes into the first half to power the Bates College field hockey team past Williams College, 1-0, for their first NESCAC conference win of the season on Saturday, during Parents & Family Weekend at Bates, at Campus Avenue Field.

The Bobcats raise their record to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs dip to identical marks of 2-6 and 1-5.

Bates came out with great energy and kept the ball in their offensive end for much of the first half. Bates had many opportunities to score, but it wasn't until senior Annie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) dribbled into the circle and passed to her former high school teammate, Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who deflected the ball past Williams goalkeeper Katrina Tulla for a 1-0 lead. Both of Kundtz's goals this season have been the game-winner in a 1-0 final result.

The game was evenly played, as Williams outshot the Bobcats by a slim 18-17 margin. However, Bates proved their offensive strength by earning nine penalty corners while Williams got only four.

Senior goalkeeper Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) tallied 16 saves and the Bates defense played an excellent game in shutting out the Ephs, the fifth time Williams has been held scoreless this season. Bates junior Mackenzie Ross (Cumberland, Maine) recorded a defensive save in the second half to keep the Ephs off of the scoreboard.

The Bobcats travel to Babson tomorrow to take on the Beavers in a non-conference game. The game can be followed via Live Stats and via live video webcast.

Williams plays a non-conference game at Hamilton on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

STATS: Bates 1, Williams 0