AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates men's soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end in a evenly and well-played NESCAC game on Sunday, as host Amherst earned a 2-1 victory.
Bates assumed the lead in the game's 10th minute, on a free kick. Junior Julien Williamson's (Sandy, Utah) low kick from 30 yards in front skittered to a well-covered first-year Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) in the middle of the box. Bardong flicked the ball with his back heel forward to a well-defended junior Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.), who also used his back heel to direct the ball inside the near left post. The junior captain has three goals and two assists in his past four games.
But Amherst evened the game back up in less than two minutes, as Bryce Johnson sent a tremendous flip throw-in from near midfield toward the far right post. After some jostling in the penalty area, Amherst's Sean Fitzgerald poked the ball into the net to make it 1-1.
The game remained knotted at 1-1 and very evenly played for 70 minutes, before Amherst got the game-winner. A long-range shot from the left wing by Cutler Coleman required a lunging save by senior Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.), who was unable to control the ball from caroming out to German Giammattei, who was there to pounce on the rebound for a 2-1 Mammoths lead.
Bates put heavy pressure on the Amherst defense in the final minutes, and had free kicks following a pair of yellow cards issued to Amherst players in the last minute. Bakken ran into a hard, low shot with 20 seconds remaining that was blocked on its way through traffic, preserving Amherst's lead.
Montanaro finished the game with seven saves, as Amherst outshot Bates by an 18-13 margin. Bates had five corner kicks to Amherst's four. Bernie White made four saves for Amherst.
Bates plays a non-conference game at Maine Maritime Wednesday at 8pm before playing host to NESCAC-leading Connecticut College Saturday at 2pm during Back to Bates Weekend.