MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team controlled the play for the majority of its matchup against Bates on Saturday, but the Bobcats broke through with a tally in the 82nd minute during a 1-0 win at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman forward Caroline Bogue played the role of hero for Bates (4-1-0, 2-0-0 in NESCAC), as she established position in the middle of the box, and then posted a header goal with under nine minutes left off a corner kick from the left side by junior forward Olivia Amdur.
- The Cardinals (3-2-1, 0-2-1 in NESCAC) caved the Bobcats in their own zone for extended periods, as the hosts held a double-digit shot advantage during both halves. Junior forward Mo Nelson has put some tremendous drives on net from distance this season, but on Saturday for the third time thime this season, she saw one of her bullets connect with the crossbar. Junior forward Olivia Gorman started the play with a strong run down the left side of the pitch, overpowering a defender on her way. She then sent a pass over to Nelson, who created some room moving toward her right and sent a rocket off the top left corner of the bar in the 37th minute.
- Junior defender Kayla O'Brien compiled a scoring opportunity in the 34th minute, as she sent a shot from outside the box over the net off an outstanding setup by freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown (2-2-0) posted a highlight-reel save in the 19th minute for Wesleyan, denying a high and rising shot from distance by sophomore MacKenzie Kelly with the tip of her fingers.
- Junior defender Meg Harrop sent a great ball off a free kick onto the feet of Gorman in the box during the 41st minute, but Bates senior goalkeeper Sarah McCarthy (4-1-0), who made a game-leading 17 saves, denied the shot.
- The hosts were all over the Bobcats during the last five minutes of the half, nearly cashing in during the 43rd minute, as Gorman sent a shot on McCarthy that resulted in a lively rebound, and then O'Brien sent a drive over the bar.
- Freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt, who leads the Cardinals with eight points and three goals this season, sent a couple strong shots toward the net in the 63rd and 65th minutes, with the second one causing a deflection.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals dominated the statistical categories, holding a 32-10 advantage in shots and a 17-3 lead in shots on goal. Wesleyan won the corner-kick battle, 9-5, with Bates being whistled for 10 fouls and Wesleyan being flagged for nine infractions.
- Ribatt led all players with six shots, sending four on target. Junior captain Lauren Goetzman, sophomore forward Katie Frizzell and O'Brien fired four shots, respectively, with the trio combining for seven shots on goal for the Cardinals.
- Wesleyan is 6-10-3 all time against Bates, with the last Cardinals' win coming by way of a 3-1 triumph during the 2012 season in Lewiston, Maine. Prior to today's contest, the two teams posted back-to-back draws against each other in 2015 and 2016.
- The Cardinals will open a three-game road trip on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tilt at Eastern Connecticut State in Willimantic, Conn. The squad will then resume NESCAC Conference play on Friday (5 p.m.) at Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y.