Women's soccer tops Maine Maritime 2-0 in season opener

Olivia Amdur scored the first goal of the season for Bates women's soccer, helping the Bobcats defeat Maine Maritime Academy 2-0. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Olivia Amdur and first-year Riley Turcotte both scored in the second half to lift Bates College to a 2-0 season-opening women's soccer victory over Maine Maritime Academy before a large crowd Tuesday night at Garcelon Field.

The visiting Mariners (1-1-1) suffered their first loss this season despite holding the Bobcats (1-0-0) to a scoreless tie for 53 minutes. Bates outshot MMA 17-5 overall, including a 7-1 edge in shots on goal.

Amdur (Chicago, Ill.), an All-NESCAC selection at forward as a first-year player in 2015, picked up where she left off as a rookie. Her game-high fifth shot attempt was a rocket from the top of the penalty area, delivered in the 54th minute after collecting a loose ball and creating space to shoot. 

Bates doubled its lead in the 77th minute after being awarded a free kick just outside the left edge of the MMA penalty area. Senior All-NESCAC defender Allison Hill (Brunswick, Maine) floated the ball toward the right side of the box, five yards out of the MMA goal. Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) timed her charge at the ball perfectly, drilling it past Mariners goalie Maggie McConkey for the 2-0 lead.

Eryn Doiron led MMA with two shots attempted, while McConkey finished with five saves.

Bates junior goalie Sarah McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made one save in earning the shutout. 

Bates opens NESCAC play on Saturday at 11 a.m., playing host to Hamilton. Maine Maritime next plays at UMaine-Presque Isle Saturday at 12:30.