Men’s soccer falls to Colby 2-0

The Bates men's soccer team played a hard fought game against Colby College on Garcelon Field, but fell to the Mules 2-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College men's soccer team battled with Colby College in a NESCAC match tonight on Garcelon Field, but the Mules prevailed 2-0 to secure a spot in the NESCAC tournament.

The Bobcats finished their season with an 8-7-0 overall record and a 3-7-0 mark in NESCAC play. The Mules improved to 7-6-2 overall and 3-5-2 in conference action. Colby will face top-seeded Tufts in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Ethan Fabricant broke through for Colby, scoring on a header in the 24th minute. Asa Berolzheimer set up the play with a long cross from the right side. Jack Fletcher extended the Mules lead to 2-0 in the 43rd minute. David Howarth took a Colby free kick, and Lucas Pereira immediately headed it to Fletcher who drilled his shot into the back of the net.

Bates outshot Colby 15-5 in the second half. One of the Bobcats' best scoring chances came in the 66th minute when senior Sam Huebschmann (Lynnfield, Mass.) banged a shot off the crossbar after a Bates corner. In the 73rd minute, junior Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) broke by his defender and fired a shot on goal that sailed just high over the crossbar. In the 86th minute, it was junior Peder Bakken (Newton, Mass.) who had a shot go just over the crossbar.

"Classic tale of two halves except we went to the second down two on two lapses," said Bates Head Coach Tyler Sheikh. "With Colby coming at us like we know they had to it was killer to give up that second goal.  Proud of the response from the men as they peppered Colby's goal, but credit to Colby for only bending and not breaking. Our seniors dragged the program to a spot where the next level up is to challenge for championships.  We can and will continue to compete with anyone moving forward and that's the senior class legacy."  

Senior Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) played all 90 minutes in goal for Bates and made four saves. Dan Carlson played the entire match in goal for Colby and finished with five saves. The Bobcats logged a 22-12 advantage in shots and Bates held a slight 6-5 edge in corners.