The closing minutes of Saturday’s soccer game for the Bates women were full of suspense and anticipation. Connecticut College thought they had secured a win over the Bobcats, as they were a goal ahead and time was quickly running out.
These Bobcats, however, did not travel all the way to New London, Connecticut for a tough loss. During an intense final few minutes, they used their competitive drive and thirst for victory, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to stun the Camels by a final score of 4-3.
First-year Cassidy McCarns commented, “This was one of the most exciting games I have ever played in. What was most encouraging is that as a unit we were able to come back from being down several goals. We continued to be persistent on the attack up until the last minutes of play and that’s what it took to secure the win.”
Senior Leah Humes had a fantastic game, as she scored the final two goals of the contest, including the crucial game-winner.
Each minute of this game was critical to the ultimate outcome. Connecticut College took an early lead. In the fourth minute, Alex Baltazar scored following a failed clear attempt by Bates. The Camels continued to play with aggression and they struck again in the 14th minute, when Amanda Proulx drilled a free kick into the back of the net from about 18 yards away.
The Bobcats did not let this early deficit phase them. Sophomore Libby Masalsky and first-year Olivia Amdur demonstrated impressive teamwork, as Masalsky perfectly set up Amdur for a goal in the 35th minute.
As the game continued, the 66th minute was a tough one for the Bobcats. The Camels took the lead again when Baltazar scored her second goal of the match to put Connecticut College up 3-2.
With just four minutes left, it looked like the Camels were going to be victorious on their home field. Despite this intense time crunch, Bates staged a dramatic rally to take the match. They tied the match in the 86th minute, when a cross from Amdur set up Humes for a headed goal.
Then came the 88th minute, when Humes and Amdur continued to shine. Amdur delivered another assist to Humes, who volleyed it home to give Bates the 4-3 victory.
According to Amdur, “The game went really well. It was a very exciting win, one that we will most likely use for motivation within our upcoming matches”.
Humes leads the team with five goals thus far on the season. She tallied six shots on Saturday, and two of her three attempts on goal found the back of the net. Amdur is right behind Humes for the team lead, as she has four goals and five assists.
This weekend, the Bobcats will look to use the momentum from their exciting rally to win back-to-back conference games and also match their conference win total of three from last year. The Tufts Jumbos will arrive at noon to challenge these fierce competitors.