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Women's soccer tops Colby in season finale, 1-0

Rose

Burns

Eades

Kwoh

Morse

Pierce

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates first-year midfielder Sam Rose blasted a 35-yard shot into the net in the first half, and the goal stood up as the game-winner as the Bates College women's soccer team finished the 2009 season with a 1-0 NESCAC victory over Colby College on Friday afternoon at Leahey Field.

The Mules (6-7-1, 2-6-1 NESCAC) earned the No. 8 seed in the NESCAC Championship, and will play at top seed Williams on Sunday at noon in the tournament quarterfinals. Bates finishes the season 5-8-1 overall and 2-7 in conference play, putting the Bobcats in ninth place in the conference.

Rose (Toronto, Ontario) scored her first collegiate goal in the 36th minute of the contest. Following a stymied Bates attack on the Colby goal, Rose collected the ball near midfield and launched a high, powerful shot that sailed too high for Mules junior goalie Loni Pisani (Kanata, Ontario) to reach but ducked under the crossbar for a 1-0 Bates lead.

Both Pisani and Bates sophomore keeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) were tested throughout the game, with both sides able to assemble numerous scoring chances. Pisani finished with nine saves, and Burns turned back eight Colby shots.

Colby dialed up the offensive pressure in the final 15 minutes of the game. In the 76th minute junior back Su-Lin Del Guercio (Parsippany, N.J.) had a clear shot that fired wide left, and it was followed a minute later by senior Lexi Bohonnon's (Madison, Conn.) shot, saved by Burns. In the 81st minute, first-year back Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) got a foot on a Del Guercio corner kick deep in the Bates box but was stopped by Burns' quick hands.

Colby had a slim 18-17 edge in shots taken, while Bates had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks for the game.

Playing particularly well for the Bobcats on the day were sophomore back Jacqui Easton (Lexington, Mass.), sophomore midfielder Courtney Talcott (Millbury, Mass.) and sophomore forward Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.).

It was the final game for four Bates seniors: Rachel Eades (Canterbury, N.H.), Sarah Kwoh (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Jen Morse (Bedford, Mass.) and Avery Pierce (Weston, Mass.).

STATS: Bates 1, Colby 0