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Women's soccer blasts Husson, 5-0









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's soccer team broke out with a 5-0 victory over Husson University on Wednesday, winning their first game of the season in their first non-conference contest.

Husson, which has edged Bates 2-1 in each of the teams' past two meetings in 2010 and 2009, dipped to 2-8 this season, while Bates, playing its first game in 10 days, rose to 1-2-2. It is the first career win for first-year head coach Kelsy Ross.

Bates outshot Husson by a 36-9 margin and was able to shrug off 10 offsides calls, including seven in the first period.

Bates senior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) scored her first career goal in spectacular fashion to put Bates on the scoreboard in the 14th minute. Sophomore Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) found Dobish open on the left wing and with lots of space to advance. Angling in from the left corner of the penalty area and with a Husson defender closing in, Dobish struck a beautiful left-footed shot over the reach of Husson first-year goalkeeper Jessica Poulin and into the upper far corner of the net.

Bates went up 2-0 in the 26th minute. In the scramble following a corner kick, senior Amanda Sirianni's (Holliston, Mass.) shot was deflected to first-year Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.). Donovan's first shot was saved at close range by Poulin, but the carom returned to her for an easier putaway on her second attempt. The goal was Donovan's second of the season.

Bates resumed scoring in the 57th minute via the foot of the Bobcats' leading scorer, senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.). Junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) corner kick was deflected but not controlled by Poulin, and Tobin was in the right spot to clean up for Bates' third goal and Tobin's third of the season.

Tobin struck again with 20:04 left in the game on an assist by first-year Nicki Brill (Westport, Conn.), and senior Alix Vandeventer (North Attleboro, Mass.) made it 5-0 with 15:08 left, assisted by sophomore Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass.).

Poulin made eight saves for Husson and was relieved for the final 16:55 by first-year Sarah LaPlante, who stopped three shots and allowed Bates' final goal.

Bates senior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) made two saves before giving way to sophomore Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) for the final 16:55.

Bates plays host to Hamilton College this Parents & Family Weekend Saturday at 11 a.m. It will be the teams' first meeting as NESCAC rivals, this being the Continentals' first year as a full-time member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The game can be followed online via live video webcast.

STATS: Bates 5, Husson 0