Bates Downs Southern Maine 4-0

Bates Downs Southern Maine 4-0

            LEWISTON, Maine -- Rookie Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass.) and senior Courtney Talcott (Millbury, Mass.) each scored two goals to give the Bates College Bobcats women's soccer team a 4-0, non-conference victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Wednesday afternoon at Russell Street Field.

            The win lifts the Bobcats overall record to 2-3-2.  The Huskies fell to 2-9-0.

            Bates, taking advantage of the wind in the opening half, scored three times to take control of the match.  Talcott converted a set up from senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) and rookie Nicki Brill (Westport, Conn.) into her first collegiate goal in the fourth minute of play.

            Donovan would net the next two goals as the Bobcats kept up the pressure on USM senior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area).  Donovan netted her third goal of the season putting home a pass from junior Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) in 29th minute.  Donovan picked up her second marker of the game in the 39th minute curling in a corner kick.  The Bobcats propelled 27 shots toward the Huskies' goal in the opening stanza forcing Rothe to make 14 saves.

            Talcott scored the only goal of the second half in the 81st minute off an assist from sophomore Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass.).

            Bates finished the match out shooting Southern Maine 44-13, and piled up a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks.  Rothe finished the match making a career-high 21 saves.  Senior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) recorded four saves to post her first clean sheet of the season.

            Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State University on Saturday (4:30 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match.  Bates travels to Wesleyan University on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) for a NESCAC game.