LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's soccer team kept the pressure on all afternoon in a 2-0 victory over the University of New England Sunday at Russell Street Field in the Bobcats' home opener.
Bates (3-1) outshot the Nor'easters (4-3) by a count of 32-8 in the convincing win. The victory snaps a three-match slide against UNE, making it the Bobcats' first victory over the Nor'easters since 2013.
"This has become a really fun in-state rivalry," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "It's a nice competitive non-conference match-up. I think today was about redemption, sort of our word of the year. We wanted to come back to our first home game after our loss down at Babson and redeem ourselves, not just in the result, but in the way we played."
Senior captain Sarah McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) recorded her second shutout of the season and the seventh of her career. She made five saves between the pipes for the Bobcats on Sunday.
The Bobcats recorded 14 shots in the first half and held the Nor'easters to just one. But neither team found the back of the net and the score remained 0-0 at halftime.
Then in the 52nd minute, junior two-time All-NESCAC selection Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) got the Bobcats on the board. She got the ball off a deflection on the left side of the goal and dribbled past her defender, curling a shot into the top right corner of the net for her third goal of the season.
Bates struck again in the 63rd minute. Junior Cassidy McCarns (Branford, Conn.) delivered a perfect ball into the box and sophomore Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) snuck it past the diving UNE keeper for her first goal of the season and the fifth of her career. McCarns' assist marks the second of her career so far.
"Cassidy is a workhorse for us through the midfield," Ross said. "What she lacks in size she makes up for in her soccer IQ. Her ability to thread passes through defenders to our forwards is really important to our success."
Edie Pallozzi led UNE on offense. She tallied five shots, three on goal. The Bobcats earned seven corner kick opportunities to UNE's two on the afternoon. UNE keeper Jenna Pannone made six saves in the match.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday when they visit Wesleyan for an 11:00 a.m. match. Bates has either won or drawn with the Cardinals each of the last four years.