Rafferty, Coco score as women’s soccer tops USM, 2-0
GORHAM, Maine — Junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) and first-year Maggie Coco (Avon, Conn.) scored goals in the second half to give the visiting Bates College women’s soccer team a 2-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win improved the Bobcats’ overall record to 4-7-1. The Huskies dropped their third straight match to fall to 2-12-0 overall.
Rafferty broke a scoreless deadlock in the 55th minute when her shot from the top of the 18-yard box caromed off the right post and into the left side netting for her first goal of the season.
Coco added the insurance goal in the 69th minute as she took a back pass from senior Sam Rose (Toronto, Ontario) and slipped a 10-yard shot past USM senior keeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) and inside the left post for her first collegiate goal.
The sides played a scoreless first half that saw the Bobcats slowly take control of the match. After a fairly even first 15 minutes, the Bobcats’ offense came to life, getting off 11 shots, including seven on goal that Cobb handled flawlessly.
Bates junior goalkeeper Anabel Schmelz (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) did not record a save, but got her third shutout of the season. Cobb stopped nine shots in the USM net.
Bates finished the match outshooting USM 18-0 and having a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Bates travels to Middlebury College on Saturday (12pm) for a NESCAC match. Southern Maine will host Eastern Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference match on Saturday.