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Women's soccer battles Tufts

NESCAC Co-Player of the Week Annie Burns '12 had seven saves.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's soccer team lost a hard-fought 3-0 NESCAC game to Tufts University on Saturday afternoon on a wet Russell Street Field.

The Jumbos (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC) jumped on the Bobcats (2-4-1, 1-3 NESCAC) for three goals in the first half, including two in the first 15 minutes. Bates held strong in the second half, but was unable to find the net offensively.

Tufts sophomore Alix Michael (Mercer Island, Wash.) was the offensive standout of the game, tallying two goals. Her first came in the fifth minute of the contest, when she blasted in a shot from 25 yards in front of the net through traffic.

Tufts quickly made it 2-0  in the 14th minute, when Jumbos senior Whitney Hardy (Truckee, Calif.) headed in a ball that had been rebounded around the goal after a corner kick.

Michael notched her second goal in the left corner in the in the 41st minute of play, beating a Bates defender and tucking her shot past Bobcat sophomore goalie Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) and inside the far left post.

Burns turned back seven shots for Bates, while her Tufts counterpart, senior Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, N.H.), recorded one save for the Jumbos. Tufts outshot Bates 20-4 in the first half, but the Bobcats evened things up in the second half, with both teams taking six shots.

The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday as they will host in-state rival Southern Maine at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game. Tufts will host Brandeis on Wednesday.

STATS: Tufts 3, Bates 0