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Women's soccer still in playoff hunt after 1-0 loss to Middlebury

Annie Burns '12 collected another eight saves for the Bobcats in a 1-0 setback vs. Middlebury. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year Ali Omsberg's unassisted goal in the 68th minute was all that Middlebury College needed to post a 1-0 NESCAC win over the Bates College women's soccer team on Saturday at Russell Street Field.

Middlebury (9-3-1, 6-2-1 NESCAC) snapped a three-game winning streak by Bates (5-5-2, 2-5-2 NESCAC).

With eight teams making the field of the NESCAC Championship, Bates is currently tied with Trinity in eighth place. The Bantams play Wesleyan on Tuesday in a game that may help decide Bates' postseason fate.

The Panthers controlled the majority of the game with precise passing and ball control. Middlebury outshot Bates 12-6 in the first half but had numerous attacks turned away by the Bobcat defense, leading to a scoreless draw after one period. Bates senior forward Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) created a big opportunity from close range but her shot went just wide of the Middlebury goal.

The Panthers turned up their play in the second half to the tune of a 19-1 advantage in shots. With 22:34 left in the half, Omsberg collected a loose ball just inside the Bates box; the rookie put two touches on the ball before burying a shot past diving Bates goalkeeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) for the eventual game-winner.

Bates mounted an offensive effort late in the game but was unable to crack the Panther defense. Middlebury goalkeeper Jocelyn Remmert earned the win as she had relieved starting goalkeeper Elizabeth Foody at halftime. Foody made three saves in the first half on the combined shutout.

Burns posted eight saves for Bates, which plays host to Colby on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in its regular-season finale. The game can be followed online via live video webcast and by live stats.

STATS: Middlebury 1, Bates 0