|Williams College||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — Junior goalkeeper Sarah McCarthy made six saves, a couple in spectacular fashion, but the Bates women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to No. 1 nationally ranked Williams Sunday afternoon at Russell Street Field.
The Bobcats (2-5-1, 0-4-1) gave the Ephs (6-0-1, 4-0-1) all they could handle in the early going, playing some great defense against the defending NCAA champions.
In the 24th minute, Williams made wholesale changes, bringing in six new players. Then nine minutes later the Ephs struck first, with two of the substitutes teaming up for the first goal of the afternoon.
Kristi Kirshe found Alison Lu with a pass into the box who was able to sneak it by McCarthy for her third goal of the season.
The teams were even when it came to shots in the first half, with each squad tallying five. But the Ephs led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Williams out-shot the Bobcats 12-2 and McCarthy made some tremendous saves to keep the Bobcats in the match. Five of her match-high six saves came in the second half.
In the 53rd minute, Natasha Albaneze got a shot off only to be denied by McCarthy. She followed that up with a spectacular save in the 66th minute on another shot attempt by Lu. McCarthy was able to deflect the ball out of harms way despite Lu having a wide open look at the goal.
In the 72nd minute, McCarthy made back-to-back diving saves to keep the score 1-0.
But the Williams got the insurance they were looking for in the 78th minute as their dynamic duo of Lu and Kirshe switched roles with Lu finding Kirshe on a through ball and Kirshe finished for her second goal of the season.
Five different Bates players recorded shots on goal throughout the match, forcing Williams keeper Olivia Barnhill to make five saves.