|University of Southern Maine||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates field hockey team won their fourth consecutive game with a 4-0 victory over Southern Maine Tuesday night on Campus Ave. Field.
With the win, the Bobcats (8-5) earned their eighth win of the year, their most victories in one season since 1999 when they went 11-4. The Bobcats’ current four-game winning streak is their longest since they also won four in a row in 2002.
In misty conditions, Bates held the visiting Huskies (7-10) to just five shots, earning sophomore goalkeeper Adelae Durand her second shutout of the season. Durand made a pair of saves on the evening.
Bates dominated the first half of play, out-shooting the Huskies 14-1. But only one of those shots netted a goal for the Bobcats.
In the 34th minute of action, sophomore Adah Lindquist took a penalty corner. Sophomore Emma Patterson received the ball and found sophomore Jessie Moriarty who tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Patterson’s assist is her second of the year.
Leading 1-0 at halftime, Bates added to their lead in the 54th minute of action. First-year Alexandra Leahy fired a shot on goal. Southern Maine goalkeeper Elizabeth Amadei made the save but the ball deflected to sophomore Taylor Lough cleaned up for her fourth goal of the year.
Just over a minute later, first-year Isa Garcia-Moreno took advantage of a loose ball in front of the net, poking it in to net her third goal of the season. Her goal came at the 54:26 mark, forcing USM to call timeout.
Perhaps the most impressive goal of the game for the Bobcats was their final goal of the night and the second for Garcia-Moreno.
In the 58th minute, Leahy took an aggressive shot from the left side of the cage. The ball sailed up in the air and Garcia-Moreno expertly deflected it into the goal, giving Leahy her second assist of the season and extending the lead to 4-0.