Bobcat of the Week of Sept. 17, 2012: Lily Peterson ’16
First-year midfielder Lily Peterson (Duxbury, Mass.) headed in the game-winning goal with 3:47 left in the second overtime period, giving the Bates women’s soccer team their first win of the season last Sunday, a 2-1 NESCAC victory over Trinity at Russell Street Field.
Peterson wasn’t the only first-year hero for the Bobcats (1-3-0, 1-3-0 NESCAC) — they received both of their goals from rookies. First-year Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.) put Bates on the scoreboard first in the 20th minute, when she kicked a loose ball in from five feet away from the goal line, after Trinity goalkeeper Monika Difiorio deflected Bates senior midfielder Sam Rose’s (Toronto, Ontario) initial shot.
In the game’s 107th minute, with the score knotted at 1-1, a foul called on Trinity gave Bates senior defender Camille Smith (Henniker, N.H.) a free kick from just inside the midfield line, on the left side of the field. With the wind at her back, Smith boomed the ball into Trinity’s penalty area, where it took one large bounce toward the right post. The 5-foot-10 Peterson got behind her defender, outleaped her for the ball and pushed it past the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.