GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Kara Stefaniak (Needham, Mass./Notre Dame) scored the lone goal of the match with less than eight minutes to play giving the visiting Bates College Bobcats a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference women's soccer match at Hannaford Field.
The Bobcats won their second straight match to remain unbeaten at 2-0. The Huskies, winners of their previous two matches, slip to 3-2 on the season.
With time winding down and the prospect of overtime looming, Stefaniak picked up a loose ball about 25 yards from goal and fired a long range shot that eluded USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) and deflected down off the crossbar just over the goal line. The goal was the second of the season for the senior forward.
Bates held the edge in play in the opening 45 minutes out shooting USM 10-1. Cobb managed her back line well and recorded four saves. Her best stop came late in the half on a low drive off the foot of junior Dakota Donovan (Marblehead, Mass./Dana Hall). Cobb got a big assist from junior defender Devon McKay (Quincy, Mass.) in the 33rd minute as McKay cleared a bouncing shot from sophomore Leah Humes (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Phillips Andover) off the line.
The Bobcats continued to press the Huskies defense in the second half. Sophomore Julia Rice (Providence, R.I./Wheeler School) knocked a shot from the left side off the far post six minutes into the second half. Cobb added four more saves to finish the game with eight.
Southern Maine's offense exhibited more threatening chances in the second half, but just could not put together the final sequence of passes to get a shot. Bates senior goalkeeper Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) was not called upon to register a save for her first shutout of the season.
Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (12:30 p.m.) when it hosts Framingham State University. Bates will journey to Hamilton, N.Y., for a NESCAC match against Hamilton College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).