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Late burst sends women's soccer past USM, 3-0

Tina Tobin '12 netted her first two collegiate goals.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's soccer team broke out of a 0-0 tie with three goals in the final 18 minutes, defeating the University of Southern Maine 3-0 Tuesday in a non-conference game at Russell Street Field.

In the game's 73rd minute, the Bobcats (3-4-1) had a 24-2 shot advantage over the Huskies (2-9-0), but no scores to show for it. That all changed with 17:06 left in the game, when sophomore defender Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) took an entry pass from junior Meredith Poore (Duxbury, Mass.), paced the edge of the penalty area for about five steps and launched a perfect, arcing shot into the upper right corner of the USM net for a 1-0 lead. The left-footed Sirianni shot the ball with her right foot for her first career goal.

With 10:48 left in the game, sophomore forward Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) took a lead pass from sophomore Sam Alper (Holliston, Mass.) and outraced a USM defender to create a 1-on-1 breakaway against USM senior goalie Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand). Tobin poked the ball past Bradley and inside the far left post for a 2-0 lead, and Tobin's second collegiate goal.

Tobin struck again with 2:34 remaining, when first-year Ansley Flanagan's (Roxbury, Conn.) pass dropped into the penalty area to Tobin, who turned and flicked a shot past Bradley to provide the final 3-0 score.

Bates outshot USM 33-2 in the game, as Bradley worked hard for 13 saves. Bates sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) made two saves for her third shutout of the season.

Bates will next play at NESCAC rival Williams on Saturday at 11 a.m.

STATS: Bates 3, Southern Maine 0