LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior forward Amanda Waterhouse (Cumberland, Maine) scored a pair of second half goals Wednesday as the host Bates College Bobcats defeated the visiting Plymouth State College Panthers by a 2-1 score in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England women's soccer playoffs.
Waterhouse broke the scoreless tie just under eight minutes into the second stanza. She took a pass from rookie back Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, Mass.) on the right side of the goalie box and deflected it home off the far post.
The second-seeded Bobcats doubled the lead in the 66th minute when sophomore Christy Deysher (Wilton, N.H.) sent a through ball to Waterhouse, who beat Plymouth State goalkeeper Becky Kennedy (W. Springfield, Mass.) from 10 yards out.
The Panthers cut the lead to 2-1 just 34 seconds later, taking advantage of a Bates foul in the defensive zone. Senior back Mary Young (Rockland, Mass.) took the free kick and sent it right to the head of PSC leading scorer Carrie Poulin (Westfield, Mass.), who put it over the outstretched arms of Bates keeper Kim Martell (Needham, Mass.) for her team-leading 15th goal of the season. Poulin almost tied the game four minutes later, after another free kick in the offensive zone, but Martell stopped her point-blank shot.
Bates enjoyed a 28-4 shot advantage for the contest. Martell made two saves to pick up the win, while Kennedy had eight saves in the losing effort.
The Bobcats, 11-5-0, will play the winner of the quarterfinal contest between #3 Keene State and #6 Williams in the semifinals on Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
Plymouth State, which completes its season at 10-8-2 overall under second-year head coach Rebecca Lisack, was making its 17th post-season appearance in the last 18 years.