LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 7 nationally ranked Amherst College women's soccer team rode a 1-0 lead from the 18th minute until the 85th, en route to a 2-0 NESCAC victory over Bates College on Saturday at Russell Street Field.
Although most of the first half's action took place in the middle third of the field, Amherst (2-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC) outshot Bates 12-6 in the period and created more scoring chances. With 27:15 left in the half, a close-in shot by Kathryn Nathan caromed off of a Bates defender and past Bates junior goalkeeper Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) for a 1-0 Amherst lead.
Bates showed greater energy and played Amherst more evenly in the second half, evidenced by a lower 7-6 deficit in shots taken. But a defensive miscue late in the game resulted in a breakaway opportunity for Amherst forward Amanda Brisco, who tipped a ball past a Bates defender to set up a one-on-one chance against Schmelz, who was virtually helpless to stop Brisco's low shot into the far side of the net.
Schmelz turned away eight shots for Bates; Holly Burwick made six saves for Amherst. Senior captain Sam Rose (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.) put two shots on goal apiece for the Bobcats.
Bates (0-3-0, 0-3-0 NESCAC) wraps up a stretch of four conference games in the season's first 10 days tomorrow, when Trinity visits for a 12pm start (Video). Amherst hosts Springfield on Wednesday at 7pm.