WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby ended the regular season with a 2-0 victory over the Bates women's soccer team and earned the sixth seed in the NESCAC Championship on Wednesday.
Annie Papadellis scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season to power the Mules, who had a 17-11 shot advantage. She scored just 3:35 into the game on Colby's first chance with the ball over midfield. Amanda Findlay passed to the middle and Papadellis ran on to it at about the 18-yard line. With a defender on her back and Bates junior goalkeeper Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) coming out, Papadellis calmly shot the ball into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Maddie Tight passed the ball to Papadellis on the left side about 12 yards out. With a defender on her, Papadellis ripped a left-footed shot into the right corner of the net at 53:15.
Bates (4-9-1 overall, 1-8-1 NESCAC) had some terrific scoring chances in the second half. Just before Colby's second goal, sophomore Nicki Brill (Wesport, Conn.) of Bates hit the crossbar on a shot from about 18 yards out. Senior captain Sam Rose (Toronto, Ontario) had her shot at 57:22 get past Brook, but was cleared away by Colby defender Kat McCarrick.
The Mules, now 8-6 overall and 4-6 in the NESCAC, will play at third-seeded Amherst College on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in a conference quarterfinal game.
Brook had to make all three of her saves in the second half for her fourth shutout of the season. Schmelz stopped six shots for the Bobcats.
Colby came into the game allowing just 28 corner kicks in 13 games, but Bates had an 8-7 advantage Wednesday.