BOSTON -- Senior captain Aleks Marceau scored his first career goal and the Bates men's soccer team scored three times in the second half to defeat Emerson by a score of 3-0 Sunday afternoon.
"We needed this second half bounce back after a difficult second half versus Conn. College," Bates head coach Tyler Sheikh said. "Similar in this game we didn't fully punch in the first half. At halftime, the guys were put in a spot to put up or shut up."
The Bobcats (7-4) outshot the Lions (3-8) by a count of 21-9 in the match. Sophomore David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) made a pair of saves between the pipes to record the shutout. The Bobcats forced Emerson keeper David Kemp to make eight saves on the afternoon.
After tallying 10 shots in the first half without scoring a goal, the Bobcats broke through in the 57th minute. Marceau (Newton, Mass.) connected with junior Austin Sansone (New York, N.Y.) for a header that found the back of the net, Sansone's third goal of the season and the fourth of his career.
Marceau didn't waste much time to score a goal of his own. In the 58th minute, he tallied an unassisted score to extend the Bates lead to 2-0. Then in the 82nd minute, sophomore Eli Eshaghpour (New York, N.Y.) found junior Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) for Opoku's third goal of the season. Opoku and Sansone are tied for second on the team in goals behind only junior captain Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) who has four on the year.
"I am very proud of the mettle they showed to bury three and keep a clean sheet," said Sheikh.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday when they visit Thomas College for a match that gets underway at 8pm.