GORHAM, Maine -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates field hockey team used first-year Sarah Bussell's first two collegiate goals to win its third straight game, a 2-0 non-conference victory at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Field Wednesday evening.
The Bobcats are undefeated on the road this season at 5-0. Halting its two-game win streak, Southern Maine dropped to .500 at 8-8.
Bussell (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) scored in the first and second quarters, giving her team a 2-0 lead before the half.
With 3:38 left to go in the first quarter, on a Bates penalty corner, senior Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) received the ball on the left wing and made an entry pass toward Bussell, camped 10 feet in front of the goal. Fitzgerald's pass was broken up by a USM defender, but the ball found its way to Bussell behind her, and the first-year forward took one touch before striking the ball through traffic and inside the right goalpost.
Bussell connected on another impressive shot with 5:40 left to go in the half. Senior back Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.) advanced the ball toward the circle, evading a defender on the way, then passed to Bussell inside the circle. Bussell turned, juked a defender and got a hard shot off with the ball rolling away from the goal. The ball traveled through traffic and past the outstretched leg of Huskies goalie Lindsay Pych for goal No. 2.
The Bobcats outshot the Huskies 15-6 in the contest and had a 5-3 lead in penalty corners. Four of Bates' penalty corners came in the second half.
As they have all season long, sophomore Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) and first-year Grace Biddle (State College, Pa.) split time in goal with Bauer getting the start. Bauer made two saves, while Biddle made one. Pych made seven saves while absorbing the loss.
Bates will next play a makeup game against No. 18 Babson College, now set to be played Oct. 24 at 6:30pm at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. The Bates home game was postponed on Oct. 1 due to lightning in the Lewiston area.