LEWISTON, Maine—Sophomore So Kim (Thornhill, Ontario) scored a pair of goals and Bates College erased an early deficit to defeat visiting Babson College, 3-1, in non-conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Russell Street Field.
Babson, which has dropped back-to-back games, slips to 3-3-1 on the year, while Bates snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-3-0 overall.
Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) scored her fourth goal of the year for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) made her second consecutive start and turned away six shots in defeat.
Junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) had a goal and sophomore Olivia Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) finished with two assists for the Bobcats. Junior Sara DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) also recorded an assist and sophomore Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made three saves in the victory.
Dineen opened the scoring just 2:06 into the match when she intercepted a clearing pass by Nuckols and drilled a 30-yard strike inside the left post to give the Green and White a 1-0 advantage. Bates wasted little time leveling the score though, as Kim gained possession of a cross by Amdur and fired a shot past Salmon from the center of the box for her first goal of the day in the fifth minute.
The Bobcats went in front for good in the 27th minute on Turcotte's first tally of the year. Salmon was unable to snare DiPillo's low cross from the left wing at the edge of the six-yard box and Turcotte came streaking into the box to bury the finish for a 2-1 lead.
Nuckols made three second half saves and the hosts put the game away in the 82nd minute when Kim was unmarked at the back post and headed in another long cross from Amdur for the final margin.
The Bobcats finished with a 16-8 edge in shots, while the Beavers attempted three of the game's four corner kicks.
Both teams return to action next Saturday as Babson hosts Clark at 11:30 a.m., while Bates takes on Wesleyan at 11 a.m.
• The Beavers, who had been unbeaten over their last four matches against Bates, fall to 4-20-1 all-time against the Bobcats.
• Prior to Sunday, the Green and White had not allowed a first-half goal in its last eight matches going back to last season.
• Dineen has bagged 11 goals in her last 15 matches going back to last season.
• Sunday's loss marked just the third time in 16 matches dating back to last year that Babson has lost after scoring the first goal of the match.