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Women's soccer overpowers UMaine-Farmington, 3-0








LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's soccer team won its third straight game and moved above the .500 mark this season with a 3-0 non-conference victory over UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday.

Although the Bobcats (5-4-1) dominated play throughout the game -- outshooting the Beavers (5-7-1) by a 23-5 margin in the first half, followed by a 21-1 edge in the second half -- no goals were scored in the first half by either team.

Three separate players scored for Bates in the second half, however. Senior Meredith Poore (Duxbury, Mass.) scored her second goal in the past two games to put Bates on the board less than three minutes into the second half. Junior Alix Vandeventer's (North Attleboro, Mass.) shot was blocked by a Farmington player, but Poore's foot got to the ball almost simultaneously, and she blasted the ball past UMF senior goalkeeper McKell Barnes (Durham, Maine) from about 10 yards away.

The score stayed at 1-0 until less than 15 minutes remained. With a crowd of players in the UMF penalty area, Bates junior Sam Alper's (Holliston, Mass.) header from the near baseline found first-year Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass.), and Stefaniak headed the ball past a drawn-out Barnes for a 2-0 Bates lead.

After mounting numerous assaults on the Beavers' goal, the Bobcats came through with their third goal in the 85th minute, when first-year Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) deftly dribbled into free space about 25 yards in front of the goal, and she pushed a perfectly placed lead pass ahead to junior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.), who knocked the ball past a defenseless Barnes from 8 yards away for her third goal of the season, tying her with Vandeventer for the team lead in goals.

Barnes turned away 12 shots, helping to keep the score close despite a 44-6 difference in shots. First-year goalie Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) earned a shutout in her first career start, replacing the injured starter, junior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.). Schmelz made three saves.

Bates will play host to NESCAC rival Wesleyan on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game can be followed live video streaming at First Team Broadcasting's Bates website.

Stats and Play by Play: Bates 3, Maine-Farmington 0