|Thomas College||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates field hockey team won its second straight game Tuesday night, controlling the action from start to finish in a 2-0 non-conference victory over Thomas College at Campus Avenue Field.
Bates (2-3) overcame an excellent effort in goal by Thomas first-year keeper MacKenzie Oberholzer, who made 11 saves as the host Bobcats kept the ball in Thomas’s end for most of the game. On two separate occasions, Oberholzer stuffed Bates forward Lily Nygren on back-to-back close-range shots.
Bates also earned 10 penalty corners to zero for Thomas (1-5), which dropped its fifth straight game.
Bates forward Taylor Lough figured in both of Bates’ goals, assisting on the first by Jessie Moriarty and tallying the second on a Victoria McGee assist.
Precisely five minutes into the game, Lough carried the ball several yards toward the right baseline, then crossed the ball in front of the goal where Moriarty banged it in for her first goal this season. Moriarty netted eight goals in 2016.
Thomas kept it a one-goal game until the 43rd minute, when McGee found Lough with an entry pass from the top of the circle, and Lough’s inverted-stick shot bounced 10 feet before tucking inside the right goalpost for a two-goal lead.
Thomas attempted one shot, Tiffany Weeks’ offering in the first half, but required no saves in picking up the shutout from Bates goalies Adelae Durand, who played the first half, or Alyssa Souza, who played the second half.
Bates plays a NESCAC game at Wesleyan University on Saturday at 12pm, followed by a second NESCAC game Sunday at Williams. The Terriers play a North Atlantic Conference game at UMaine-Farmington Saturday at 1pm.