|Bates College||Wesleyan University|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Senior captain Sarah McCarthy recorded a career-high 17 saves and first-year Caroline Bogue scored the game-winning goal to lead the Bates women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan University Saturday morning.
“This team is playing as determined as any I’ve coached at Bates,” head coach Kelsy Ross said. “We’re looking forward to matching today’s intensity and cleaning up our possession game when we get to Williamstown tomorrow.”
The Cardinals (3-2-1, 0-2-1) outshot the Bobcats (4-1-0, 2-0-0) 32-10 on the day but the Bates defense held strong throughout the match.
In the first half, Wesleyan tallied 15 shots and McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) tallied six saves, including two in the final five minutes.
The Cardinals stepped up the pressure in the second half but the Bobcats struck in the 82nd minute.
Bates earned a corner kick opportunity and junior Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) delivered a perfect ball that Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) headed directly into the net for her second goal of the season.
“We knew it would be a physical match and emphasized set piece conversion this week in training,” Ross said. “The late goal was a fitting combination of that determination and game plan execution.”
The Cardinals didn’t back down, forcing McCarthy to make a save later in the 82nd minute and in the 83rd minute as well. The Cardinals recorded their final shot on the goal in the 86th minute when McCarthy denied a shot from Katie Frizzell.
Emily Ribatt led the Cardinals with six shots (four on goal) in the match. Lauren Goetzman also tallied four shots on goal.
Amdur finished with four shots and an assist for Bates. Bogue’s lone shot found the back of the net. Sophomores MacKenzie Kelly (Dallas, Texas) and Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) recorded the other two shots on goal for Bates.
McCarthy’s 11 saves in the second half were one shy of her previous career high in an entire match. The shutout marks McCarthy’s third of the season and the eighth of her career.
The Bobcats are 2-0-0 in NESCAC play for the first time since 2000. Their 4-1-0 overall record is their best through five matches since 2005.