Men's soccer starts season on right foot, wins 2-0 at UMaine-Farmington

Senior captain Peder Bakken tallied three shots and dished out an assist in the Bates' men's soccer team's 2-0 win over UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

FARMINGTON, Maine -- First-year Myles Guerrier tallied a goal in the first half and sophomore transfer Owen Keleher added a goal of his own in the second half to lead the Bates men's soccer team to a 2-0 win at the University of Maine-Farmington Tuesday afternoon. 

"We controlled the game pretty well against a formidable defensive side," Bates head coach Tyler Sheikh said. "We knew they'd be tough to break down, but we are happy with the result and come away with plenty of areas to improve for the next game."

Bates (1-0) outshot UMF (0-2) 19-4 on the day with 10 shots in the first half and nine in the second half for the Bobcats. UMF had a total of 14 saves while Bates had two. The Bobcats held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon. 

At the 28-minute mark, Guerrier (Canton, Mass.) received the ball inside the box from senior captain Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) across from the goalkeeper and fired a shot from left-to-right that found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal, putting Bates up 1-0.

Then in the 54th minute, sophomore Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) grabbed the ball at half wide right as wingback and drove at the defense where he found a cutting Keleher (Corrales, N.M.) who slotted it neatly past the UMF keeper's post for an insurance tally, extending the Bobcat lead to 2-0. With the score, Keleher, a transfer from Knox College, tallied the second goal of his collegiate career. 

Junior David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) earned the start in goal and tallied two saves in 82:55 to earn the win. Senior Owen Lindenfeldar (Pennington, N.J.) played the final 7:05 between the pipes and did not allow a goal. Bradley Neal made 14 saves for the Beavers.

Bakken and Bardong paced Bates with three shots each while Jake Heimlich recorded a pair of shots for the Beavers.

Sheikh was pleased to see two underclassmen score goals for the Bobcats.

"It's important I got to see much of our youth in action as we turn our attentions to the NESCAC opener Saturday," said Sheikh.
 
This marks the Bobcats' fifth consecutive season-opening victory. Bates visits Hamilton Saturday to open NESCAC play, with the match scheduled to start at 1:30pm.