NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Bates men's soccer team held No. 18 Connecticut College to just five shots but were handed their first loss of the season by a score of 1-0 Saturday afternoon.
Bates (3-1, 1-1 NESCAC) out-shot Connecticut College (4-0, 2-0 NESCAC) by a margin of 8-5 but was unable to break through on the scoreboard. The Bobcats also tallied five corner kicks as compared to only one for the Camels, but their efforts were in vain.
The first half of play Saturday afternoon was relatively quiet, with neither team creating any substantial opportunities. That changed late in the first half as Steve Yeonas of Connecticut College was able to capitalize off a corner by heading the ball into the back of the net in the 41st minute. The tally broke a 0-0 tie and was the game-winning goal for the Camels.
The Bobcats battled valiantly in the second half, controlling the pace and tempo of the match, but could not draw even. Bates' only real chances of the second half came on a late corner and a free kick but the team was unable to capitalize on either opportunity. Despite the narrow defeat, the Bobcats showed resilience on the road against a top 25, nationally-ranked opponent which is promising for the team as the season rolls on.
Senior captain Peder Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) tallied three shots, two on goal, to pace the Bobcats. AJ Marcucci made five saves for the Camels and junior David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) recorded a pair of saves for Bates.
Bates is back in action on Wednesday at 8:00pm, when the Bobcats host rivals Bowdoin College under the lights on Garcelon Field.