Men's soccer plays Trinity to a 0-0 draw

Junior Robbie Montanaro earned his third career shutout in the Bobcats' 0-0 draw with Trinity on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Russ Dillingham for Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro made eight saves and the Bates men's soccer team drew 0-0 with Trinity Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field.

Both teams tallied 17 shots on the day. Sophomore Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) paced the Bobcats (3-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC) with seven shots, including three shots on goal. Meanwhile Cody Savonen led the Bantams (1-6-1, 0-5-1 NESCAC) with eight shots, four on goal.

One of Trinity's best scoring chances occurred in the 70th minute when Alistair Matule fired back-to-back shots on goal. Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) was able to deflect the first shot and smother the second for two of his eight saves. Saturday's shutout is the third of Montanaro's career and his first this season.

In the 84th minute, Savonen nearly gave Trinity the lead with a header but Montanaro made a diving stop.

The Bobcats nearly won the match just a few seconds into overtime. Senior Justin Yacovino (North Bergen, N.J.) headed the ball past Trinity's keeper only to have another Bantam defender kick the ball clear. Yacovino finished with three shots, two on goal.

Then Bates survived three consecutive corner kicks from the Bantams later in the first overtime. Trinity tallied eight corners to Bates' five in the match.

Opoku nearly ended the match in the 99th minute but his shot sailed high of the goal.

Trinity got one shot off in the second overtime but Montanaro denied Savonen for the fourth time. 

Mateo Zabala made seven saves between the pipes for the Bantams. 

Senior captain Max Watson (Yarmouth, Maine) and junior Sam Huebschmann (Lynnfield, Mass.) added two shots apiece for Bates.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday night when they host Maine Maritime on Garcelon Field at 8:00 p.m.