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Women's soccer shuts down No. 20 Amherst for 0-0 tie

Annie Burns and the Bates defense has yet to allow a goal after two games.

LEWISTON, Maine -- With both teams playing their second game in as many days, the Bates College and Amherst College women's soccer teams battled to a 0-0 tie through 90 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of overtime, keeping both teams unbeaten in the young season. Both teams stand at 1-0-1, both overall and in NESCAC conference play.

The tie breaks Amherst's six-game win streak against Bates and mirrors the teams' 0-0 stalemate in 2004.

Both teams had ample chances to score but neither could put the ball in the net. Amherst first-year Amanda Brisco (Houston, Texas) attempted to volley a cross into an open Bates net with about 33 minutes left in regulation, but she sent the ball over the crossbar. The same fate befell Bates junior Alix Vandeventer's (North Attleboro, Mass.) attempt on a vacated goal with under two minutes to go in the first overtime period.

The Bobcats outshot Amherst by two, 20-18, after Amherst achieved a 12-6 shots advantage after the first period. Bates junior goalkeeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) notched a strong overall outing to post the shutout, turning back six shots. One of Burns' best plays wasn't even a save: late in the second half she speared an Amherst corner kick and came down with the ball in the net and over the goal line, but the Lord Jeffs were called for pushing Burns into the net. Bates sophomore Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) led a stout defensive effort in front of Burns.

Vandeventer and junior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) attempted six and five shots, respectively, for the Bobcats. Junior Allison Dorey (San Francisco, Calif.) and senior Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, Ill.) led Amherst in shots taken with five and four, respectively.

Junior Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, Conn.) made six saves for the Lord Jeffs but had to leave the game in the second overtime with five minutes remaining due to an injury she sustained while making a save. Junior Claire Bennett (Westfield, N.J.) recorded one save in the final five minutes of play to share the shutout for the Lord Jeffs.

The Bobcats will host in-state NESCAC rival Bowdoin next Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.

STATS: Bates 0, #20 Amherst 0 (2OT)