Greg Watts '12
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- A first-half goal from Bates College sophomore Sam Alper (Holliston, Mass.) proved to be the game-winner as the visiting Bobcats women's soccer team defeated Wellesley College, 1-0, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon. The win improves Bates to 2-1-1, while the hosts fall to 1-4-1 on the season.
Alper's goal came in the 22nd minute when a shot from sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) was deflected off of the hands of Wellesley keeper Katie Martore. Alper was in the right place at the right time and launched a strike over the head of Martore to give Bates the 1-0 lead.
Wellesley held a slight 9-8 advantage in shots at the half, but the game went into the break with Bates holding to their 1-0 margin.
The Blue opened the second half with five straight shots, including a bullet from Courtney Callahan. However, Bates sophomore goalie Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) was up to the task and picked up three saves in the first six minutes of the second stanza, to keep the Bates advantage.
Despite 15 second-half shots for Wellesley, Burns saved three more in the second half, as the Bobcats held on for the 1-0 victory.
For Wellesley, Martore finished with four saves in 45 minutes, while Sarah Gray also tallied four stops playing in goal for the second half. For Bates, Burns recorded 11 saves in the shutout victory, her second shutout this season and the third of her career.
Bates is also back in action on Saturday, hosting Trinity in an 11 a.m. NESCAC clash on Homecoming Saturday.