Laura Kurash '13 Scores 3:08 into Second OT to Give Women's Soccer Valuable NESCAC Win at Bates
Laura Kurash '13 (#8, celebrating after her goal, main photo) headed in a cross from the right side by Dasha Battelle '11 (#15, photo insert lower middle) in the 104th minute to make Wesleyan a 1-0 winner at Bates Sat., Oct. 16. It was the first victory ever by the Cardinals in Lewiston, Me. as Bates stood 5-0 vs. Wesleyan on its home turf heading into the contest. Kurash netted her team-leading eighth goal of the season. She had come into the week as the top scorer in the NESCAC and now has 19 points in 10 games this year (8-3-19) for a 1.90 point-per-game average.
While the teams combined for 40 total shots in the contest, 24 by Wesleyan, neither team shot with great accuracy as only nine of the 40 attempts found the net on a very breezy afternoon. In the Wesleyan net, Grace Bomann '14 (#30, running to celebrate after the game-winner, photo insert upper left) started just her second game of the year and logged her first career shutout with two saves.
Kerry Doyle '14 nearly ended the game for Wesleyan in the first overtime when she went in alone on the Bates goal but clanged her shot from close range off the goal post.
Wesleyan was looking to carry the momentum of its second NESCAC win of 2010 (2-1-3) into its next contest, a home NESCAC meeting with Middlebury Tues., Oct. 19. Hoping to end a 15-game winless streak vs. the Panthers (0-13-2) since last winning in 1994, the Cardinals came close but ended up with a scoreless tie to move to 2-1-4 in league play. On a positive note, it was the third time in the last 16 contests vs. Middlebury that the Cardinals averted a loss.
Bomann notched her second straight shutout, this time tested by eight Panther scoring bids. Hannah Stuckey '12 also came through with a stop off a Middlebury corner kick to help preserve the shutout. Wesleyan withstood an onslaught by the Panthers, ranked fourth in New England, during the first overtime period as Bomann made two saves and three other shots missed the mark. Wesleyan's best scoring chances in the game came during the second half when Barrie Lindsay '12 had her initial shot deflected into the goal post by the Middlebury keeper and then had her rebound shot collared by the goalie as well. In the second overtime, a free kick by Kaylin Berger '13 created a opportuniy in close but Middlebury eventually cleared the ball out of harm's way.
Next up for the squad was a Little Three showdown with Amherst Sat., Oct. 23. The winner of the game would be crowned 2010 Little Three champion while a tie would still give the title to Amherst, which defeated Williams, 1-0. Wesleyan and Williams tied, 2-2, to open the year.
Amherst scored twice in the opening 16:01, then played the Cardinals even the remainder of the contest to preserve the shutout and post a 2-0 victory. Bomann had her streak of scoreless minutes in the Wesleyan net halted at 2:55:09 over a four-game span.
The Cardinals play at Roger Williams in a non-conference affair Mon., Oct. 25 for their next action.