WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Senior Jordan Akerley’s (Gilford, N.H.) goal three minutes and 41 seconds into the game proved to be the game-winner as the Wellesley College soccer team downed Bates College 1-0 in a Thursday afternoon, non-conference game at Wellesley.
It was a frustrating way to lose for the Bobcats, after they outnumbered the host Blue in shots 24-7 in the game.
But just under four minutes into the game, Akerley launched a shot that Bates senior goalie Nini Spalding (San Francisco, Calif.) deflected. However, Akerley was in position to knock the rebound into the far left corner of the net for her first goal of the season.
After the goal, Bates dominated the rest of the first half, out-shooting Wellesley 11-1, but the Blue played tight defense to keep the score at 1-0 going into the break.
The game remained scoreless through the second half with Bates' best chance to get on the board coming in the 82nd minute. After a corner kick from senior Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.), junior Elise Kornack (Dover, Mass.) took a shot from 10 yards out that Blue goalie Katie Martore (Great Falls, Va.) knocked away. A few seconds later, Martore saved an attempt from senior Ali Emery (Richmond, Va.) to keep the Wellesley lead. After another corner kick from Bates, junior Julie Brown’s (Lynnfield, Mass.) shot hit the high post to end the threat.
Martore finished the game with nine saves while Bates' Spalding stopped three shots.
The loss drops Bates to 1-1 on the season. The Bobcats will next host Amherst on Saturday at 11 a.m. With the win, Wellesley moves to 2-1-1 on the season.
-- Wellesley Sports Information