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Rice scores in women's soccer's loss to Cardinals

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan University quickly overcame a 1-0 first-half deficit and defeated Bates College 3-1 in a NESCAC women's soccer game on Saturday at Russell Street Field.

The Cardinals' win evens their overall record at 4-4-1, and they move to 2-4-0 in NESCAC play. Bates dropped to 2-6-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the NESCAC.

Bates first-year Julia Rice (Providence, R.I.) got Bates on the scoreboard with 24:45 left to play in the first half, receiving a cross from sophomore Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.) right in front of Wesleyan goalie Jessica Tollman. Rice drilled a shot into the upper part of the goal for the lead.

Bates' lead lasted only 39 seconds, however, when Laura Kurash's shot was saved by Bates goalie Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.), only to carom toward Mikaela Curtin, who knocked it in from her position near the left goal post to tie the game.

With 13 minutes left in the half, Wesleyan went ahead for good. Kerry Doyle sent a through pass that Kurash caught up to, and Kurash kicked it past Schmelz from inside the top of Bates' penalty area. It is Kurash's 15th career game-winning goal.

The Cardinals controlled the game from there, amassing an 18-6 advantage in shots. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Wesleyan went up 3-1, when Beth Alexion took advantage of a bobbled ball by Schmelz and, from the top of the box, chipped the loose ball over Bates' defense and in.

Schmelz made five saves in goal, and sophomore Alyssa Morgosh (Carlsbad, Calif.) added two more saves in relief. Tollman stopped one shot for Wesleyan.

Bates will play a non-conference game at the University of New England on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Wesleyan travels to Colby for a Sunday 11am game.

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