This past week, women’s soccer faced Bowdoin and Tufts away and lost both, moving them to a tough 0-3 record in NESCAC play. The Polar Bears scored early in the game on a well-placed long ball from Morgan Gallagher. After the early goal, the teams battled hard and fairly evenly until late in the second half when Bowdoin scored twice quickly before time expired. Bates keeper Sarah McCarthy ‘18 had nine saves in the loss. Bowdoin outshot Bates 18-8.

After the loss, captain Erin Shea ‘17 commented, “We had a very tough loss versus Bowdoin earlier this week. We lost 3-0 on their home field, which is never a good feeling. We definitely are taking the loss against Bowdoin and also Hamilton last Saturday as learning experiences. We know we cannot afford to lose any more games to beatable teams.”

In their second game of the week, the Bobcats visited the undefeated Jumbos and fell 5-2 despite playing with great passion. Bates went down 3-0 in the first half. In the second half, Tufts opened up the scoring to go up 4-0 before Bates got on the board in the 61st minute when Olivia Amdur ‘19 found the back of the net. Tufts answered back for their fifth goal of the game. Bates got the last goal of the match when Brigid Quinn ‘18 scored off an assist from Hannah Behringer ‘18. Kyla Rabb ‘17 believes the team will get back on track shortly. “We are a team with a lot of skill and looking to use that skill to find the result we want after a difficult first few games. The NESCAC is a tough conference but we are a competitive team looking to get back on top and finish what we started last year.”

The women’s team will look to right the ship this weekend with two home conference games against Wesleyan and Williams. Shea noted that “The NESCAC outcomes after each weekend play are never what you expect, so we are hoping to start causing some upsets in the upcoming weeks. We have a very hard schedule this season and it will be a test to our team character but I have a faith in this program and have faith in our ability as a team.”