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Bobcats of the week of Oct. 27, 2008

Patrick Jackson '11
After receiving limited playing time as a freshman last year, men's soccer midfielder Patrick Jacksonearned the starting nod throughout the 2008 season, and has emerged as one of the top scoring midfielders in the NESCAC.Jackson (Durham, N.H.) underscored that on Saturday, when he factored into all three of Bates' goals in a crucial 3-2 victory over Wesleyan. He led off the scoring with a goal assisted by first-year goalie Greg Watts and sophomore midfielderDustin DiGregorio, and made it 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by junior forwardJonathan Lobozzo. Jackson returned Lobozzo's favor in the second half, as Bates added an insurance goal when Lobozzo headed in a ball inside the right corner, assisted on a crossing pass by Jackson. Jackson was named NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week for his virtuoso performance.

Jackson leads the team in scoring with 8 goals and 2 assists. Jackson's performance Saturday lifted him into the top 10 in the conference in points per game (1.08; 10th) and goals per game (0.50; tied for 6th).

Bates hosts Colby this Friday at 3 p.m., needing a win for a spot in the eight-team field of the NESCAC Championship, which starts on Sunday.

Amanda Gifford '12
For all intents and purposes, the Bates women's soccer team needed a win over Wesleyan on Saturday in order to keep their hopes alive for a return to the NESCAC Championship. First-year forwardAmanda Gifford (Lee, Maine) essentially delivered that win when her goal 41 seconds into second overtime decided the game 2-1 in Bates' favor. When senior Jen Marinolunged to beat a defender to the ball and her kick caromed off of Wesleyan's left goalpost, Gifford was there to beat another Cardinal defender to the loose ball, and she poked the ball past the foot of a third Wesleyan defender and into the lower right corner of the net.Women's soccer (6-7, 2-6 NESCAC) finishes the regular season at Colby this Friday at 3 p.m., needing a win or a tie to earn a return trip to the NESCAC Championship, which has expanded to an eight-team field this season.