This past weekend the women’s soccer team here at Bates College played two games. With a record of 3-2-1 coming off a hard loss to Williams last Sunday, the Bobcats came out on a chilly October 3 ready to show their best game. Trinity came into the match 6-1-0 and looking strong.

The first half had us all watching attentively as each team traded possession, but couldn’t quite manage to get many shots off. After the rest and encouragement of halftime, both sides came out ready to give their all. Shots bounced from Trinity’s Monica Difiori to Bates sophomore goalie Sarah McCarthy’s nets, none finding the back. Overall, the number of shots tallied to 11 on each side

According to head coach Kelsy Ross, the Bobcats “defended well as a team, and are starting to get more numbers involved in the attack.”

Sophomore Hannah Behringer believes the offense will continue to improve as members continue to “make sure every distribution is to someone, rather than sending a 50/50 ball into the other teams’ defensive third.” With this improvement, the Bobcats hope they can achieve their coach’s goal of “finding the back of the net more consistently.”

The offense found this power in the second half on Saturday, as Bates earned a free kick. Junior defender Allison Hill’s ball perfectly arched up to meet Behringer’s head and sail past Trinity’s goalkeeper. Holding on to this lead for the rest of the game, the Bobcats were able to secure an important NESCAC win.

Sunday proved more of a challenge for what first-year Olivia Amdur described as the normally “rock solid” Bates defense. The Maine-Fort Kent Bengals came in to Sunday’s match with a 12-2-0 record and were certainly determined to strike hard.

As Saturday’s scorer Behringer put it, “we had a great game against Trinity, but were unable to do what we needed to do against Ft. Kent.”

The first half started off with a goal from the Bengals’ Katherine Ferland after only four minutes. Less than four minutes later, she scored again, followed by one from her teammate, Catherine Bruno, and then the hat trick goal for Ferland in the 34th minute.

After halftime, Ferland scored once more, answered by goals from Bates’ Amdur and senior Karen Lockhart just over ten minutes apart. Lockhart’s first goal of the season was a highlight of the game, as the ball met her foot perfectly from a beautiful pass by junior Ana Urbina.

Unfortunately, Bates lost by a 6-2 score line, but Ross commented, “Despite the loss on Sunday, we were better in the attack and were forced to deal with some strong, attacking opponents”.

Coming up for the Bobcats is an important game against Bowdoin this Wednesday at 4 p.m. on Russell Street. “CBB games are always fun”, remarked Ross. Amdur confessed feeling “both nervous and excited” for the game. However, she is “confident we will play hard,” so be sure to support the team on Wednesday!