Womens Soccer

Laura Kurash '13 Scores Game-Winner vs. Bates for Third Year in a Row as Women's Soccer Nets 1-0 NESCAC Victory

Laura Kurash '13 (#8, photo) scored just 36 seconds into the second half for her team-leading 10th goal, and the Wesleyan defense made it hold up in a 1-0 victory over Bates, Sat., Oct. 8. Wesleyan improved to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in NESCAC play with the victory, while Bates now stands 2-4-2 and 0-4-2 in conference action.

Shortly after the kickoff to start the second half, Wesleyan took control of the ball in the midfield area. Barrie Lindsay '12 ran into the right side of the box and crossed the ball to Kurash, who sent it into the right side of the net at 45:36.

That would be the only scoring in the game, but both teams had multiple opportunities. Bates' best chance came with just over 11 minutes to play with a ball headed just over the net following a corner kick. The Bobcats also had a dangerous opportunity in the 18th minute following a Wesleyan foul 25 yards out, the free kick sailed high.

Wesleyan had a pair of dangerous opportunities as well, but the Bates keeper kept the Cardinals at bay. In the fourth minute, she leaped to fist a high shot by sophomore Kerry Doyle '14 over the crossbar and out of play, and she did the same on a shot by Kurash in the 67th minute. Doyle also had a great opportunity with just over 18 minutes to go in the game, beating a Bates defender and racing into the box alone but sending the shot high.
    
In the Wesleyan net, Jessica Tollman '15 had four stops for her third career shutout.
 
Wesleyan has now won three straight games against Bates for the first time in series history, and Kurash has netted the game-winning goal in all three. In 2009, after missing eight games due to injury, she scored the golden goal in the 94th minute to lead Wesleyan to a 2-1 victory in her first game back; last season, her 104th-minute tally led Wesleyan to its first-ever win in Lewiston, Me.  The three meetings between Wesleyan and Bates from 2008-10 were all decided in overtime as Wesleyan regulation win in 2011 breaks the streak.  Wesleyan is 4-1 in its last five games against Bates after the Bobcats took seven of the first eight matches in the series.

Wesleyan hosts St. Mary's College on Oct. 15 in its next action.