CASTINE, Maine -- The Bates women's soccer team got off to a hot start Tuesday night at Maine Maritime Academy, building a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-1 non-conference win in their season opener.
A pair of rookies put the Bobcats on the board in the 27th minute, as So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) slotted ball to the feet of Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) for a two-time finish inside the 12-yard mark, beating Mariner keeper Emily Conway to make it 1-0.
In the 39th minute, Kim set up two-time All-NESCAC junior forward Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) with another slot pass for another finish inside the 12 to send Bates into halftime with a 2-0 lead. The goal was the ninth in Amdur's 32-game career at Bates.
Bates sophomore Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) added the third goal for Bates in the 49th minute, when rookie midfielder Nellie Breen (Pasadena, Calif.) intercepted a pass from a defender and fed the ball into the box.
The Mariners (1-2) had one of their better scoring chances minutes later when Susana DeFrank dribbled the ball into Bobcat territory, taking her defender one-on-one for twenty yards, but Bates senior goalie Sarah McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made the play, advancing and cutting off the angle before DeFrank could take a shot.
Maine Maritime broke up the shutout in the 88th minute, when Makayla Lewis lobbed a ball that ricocheted off of a Bates defender and found Emily Wyman, who booted the ball into net past McCarthy to make it 3-1.
Conway ended the evening with eight saves in the loss for the Mariners, while McCarthy picked up the win in net for Bates. The Bobcats outshot the Mariners by a 20-8 margin.
Bates (1-0) opens NESCAC play at Hamilton on Saturday at 11am.