Heredia scores first career goal but men's soccer falls 4-2 at Wesleyan

Sophomore Antonio Heredia tallied the first goal of his career on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Wesleyan. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Sophomore Antonio Heredia found the back of the net for the first time in his Bates career and sophomore Peder Bakken scored as well in a 4-2 loss for the Bates men's soccer team Saturday afternoon at Wesleyan. 

The Cardinals (5-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) outshot Bates (3-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) by a count of 22-9 on the day. The teams traded goals before Wesleyan scored two late tallies to pull away for the victory.

With the score tied at two in the 83rd minute, Wesleyan's Mauricio Bailleres scored his first goal of the season with a line drive into the left side of the net to give the Cardinals the lead for good. Komar Martinez-Paiz added an insurance goal in the 90th minute with a bullet from straight on.

Bates trailed 2-1 at halftime and never led in the match. 

In the 16th minute, the Cardinals struck first when Komar Martinez-Paiz delivered a cross Nick Jackson headed home for the 1-0 lead.

But Heredia (Elizabethtown, Pa.) tied things up after entering the game in the center midfield. He went straight through traffic and scored from 20 yards out to even the score at one in the 36th minute.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the 43rd minute when Bates scored an own-goal when trying to clear the ball out of harm's way. 

Trailing 2-1 at the half, the Bobcats tied the score again in the 55th minute.

Junior Morgan Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.) took a free kick from 35 yards out and crossed it to Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) who volleyed it home for his first goal of the season and the second of his career.

Dewdney's assist is the second of the season and the third of his career.

Junior Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) matched his season-high with nine saves in goal for Bates.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday when they visit Williams for a 1:00 p.m. match.