Defender Becky Macdonald '07 clears the ball for Bates.
LEWISTON, Maine – Junior Ali Emery (Richmond, Vt.) scored her first goal of the season off a Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.) corner kick in the first half, and the score stood up as the game-winner in Bates College's 1-0 NESCAC victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Bates (9-3, 4-3 NESCAC) won its fourth straight game and dropped the Cardinals to 5-6 overall, 3-4 in the conference.
While Wesleyan had a few threatening offensive moments, Bates dominated most of the game in possession and shots. Senior Kim Alexander (Cumberland, Maine), senior Jessie Gargiulo (Boxborough, Mass.), Wagner and sophomore Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) menaced the Wesleyan defense on the attack.
On Emery's goal, Wesleyan keeper Gavi Elkind batted Wagner’s cross away from the goal. In a defensive scramble to clear the ball, Emery’s foot met the ball, knocking it into the upper left netting.
Gargiulo and Alexander led the team in shots taken, with four shots apiece.
With 18:59 left in the second half, freshman Sarah Kwoh (Pittsburgh, Pa.) crossed the ball from the right wing to Alexander, who one-timed it in the net. The goal was called back as a result of an offside call. Wagner and Marino also had offensive opportunities. Thirty minutes into the first half, Wagner laid the ball off to Alexander. Alexander returned the ball to Wagner, who banged a shot toward the upper left corner of the goal, but Elkind dove for the save. Twenty minutes into the second half, Marino rocketed a shot past Elkind, which was just wide of the net.
Wesleyan also had scoring opportunities, which Bates’s sophomore keeper, Mia Lidofsky, denied. With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Wesleyan was awarded a free kick just outside of the box. Cardinal sophomore midfielder Samantha Blank’s kick cleared the Bates defensive wall, but Lidofsky caught the ball to protect the net.
Bates will next play away at Middlebury on October 21st at 11 a.m.
Lidofsky (Providence, R.I.) made five saves to earn the shutout for Bates, which out-shot Wesleyan by a 23-9 margin. Elkind made four saves for the Cardinals.