Men's soccer gives No. 11 Connecticut College all they can handle in 2-0 loss

Junior Eric Opoku challenges the Conn. College keeper on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Russell Street Field. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's soccer team fought hard and had a number of great scoring opportunities but the No. 11 nationally ranked Connecticut College Camels scored two late goals to prevail 2-0 over the Bobcats Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field. 

Bates (6-4, 3-4 NESCAC) outshot the Camels (10-0, 6-0 NESCAC) by a count of 11-10 on the day. 

In the 76th minute of action, Christian Murphy delivered a perfect cross to the far post where Ben Manoogian one-timed it home in stride to put the Camels ahead for good. The Camels added another tally in the 86th minute when Uzii Dieng tapped a pass back to a trailing Liam Noonan who found the back of the net for the fifth time this season.

Remarkably, the Camels have allowed just one goal in 10 matches this year and Saturday was no different. However, Bates did make them sweat a number of times in the contest.

After only tallying one shot in the first half, the Bobcats went to work right away when junior Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) had a good look at the net from the left post but had his shot by the goalkeeper blocked out-of-bounds. Opoku took the corner kick and the ball found its way to uncovered senior captain Aleks Marceau (Newton, Mass.). Unfortunately, Marceau's shot went wide left. 

In the 56th minute, the Bobcats had a set piece that resulted in a couple blocked shots for junior captain Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) got his foot on it, forcing Camel goalkeeper AJ Marcucci to make a save.

Bakken had a shot miss wide in the 61st minute and perhaps the most painful miss of the afternoon the Bobcats had followed shortly after, when first-year Charlie Cronin (South Portland, Maine) fired a shot from outside the 18 that hit the crossbar.

In the 70th minute, junior Liam Goldfarb (New York, N.Y.) took a shot off a seeing-eye through ball from Bakken that Marcucci was able to save. 

Bates outshot the Camels 10-4 in the second half but two of Connecticut College's shots found the back of the net. 

The Bobcats look to get back on the winning track Sunday when they travel to Emerson for a match that gets underway at 3pm.