Bakken leads men's soccer to 2-1 double overtime victory at Trinity

Junior captain Peder Bakken dished out an assist and scored the game-winning goal in the Bates men's soccer team's 2-1 double overtime victory at Trinity on Saturday, September 29, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior captain Peder Bakken scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute and the Bates men's soccer team prevailed 2-1 in double overtime over Trinity Saturday afternoon. 

With time winding down in double overtime, the Bobcats were able to get the ball in the box and junior Liam Goldfarb (New York, N.Y.) tried to strike from the left side but Trinity keeper Everett Lyons was able to deflect it. Fortunately for the Bobcats, the ball deflected right to Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) and he buried the ball home for the third game-winner of his career. 

"We felt on the front foot for most of the game, but once Trinity got their goal it was a slugfest," Bates head coach Tyler Sheikh said. "Credit to their guys for looking like 11 even when they went to 10 (due to multiple yellow cards). Onward."

With the victory, Bates (5-2, 3-2 NESCAC) is off to its best start in conference play since 2005. Their three straight NESCAC wins is the Bobcats' longest conference winning streak since 2008.

Both teams played a majority of the first half in the middle third of the field, as they combined for just four shots on goal. Bates had a good scoring opportunity midway through the half off of a corner. Junior Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) and first-year Frederick Hohmann (Bonn, Germany) both put shots on net just seconds apart, but both times Bantam goalie Everett Lyons was there to make the save.

The Bobcats got on the board first thanks to some great defense and a terrific pass from Bakken in the 38th minute. He executed a textbook slide tackle in the backfield to get the ball back for Bates. Bakken eventually gained possession and delivered a pass way up the field toward the net. Junior Austin Sansone (New York, N.Y.) was the recipient of the through ball and he beat his man and the Trinity keeper for the goal, Sansone's first goal of the season and the second of his career.

The Bobcats led 1-0 at halftime but the Bantams got the equalizer in the 59th minute when Alistair Matule was able to place a shot from distance that found the back of an empty net. 

A shot from Bobcat junior Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) in the 75th minute looked like it was going to put Bates ahead, 2-1, but the ball instead bounced off the top crossbar and away from danger. Despite a handful of scoring chances late, neither side was able to find the game-winner in regulation as the game went to overtime.

Bates mostly controlled the match, outshooting the Bantams (2-6, 0-5 NESCAC) by a count of 28-5 on the afternoon. Trinity goalkeeper Everett Lyons turned in a terrific performance, keeping the Bantams in it by making 13 saves. Trinity only tallied one shot on goal. 

The Bobcats, ranked 8th in New England by United Soccer Coaches, visit perennial NESCAC power Amherst Sunday for a match that gets underway at 2:30pm. 

"Wow, kind of crazy there's another game tomorrow," said Sheikh.