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Men's soccer nipped in second straight defensive battle

Greg Watts '12

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin's Sean Bishop scored the game's only goal to lead the Polar Bear men's soccer team to a key 1-0 NESCAC victory over Bates on Sunday afternoon at Pickard Field. The Polar Bears improve to 3-4-0 (2-3-0 NESCAC) while Bates falls to 4-4-0 (1-4-0 NESCAC).

Bates will host Southern Maine in a non-league contest Wednesday at 4 p.m., followed by a NESCAC game at Trinity on Saturday at 12 p.m.

A scoreless first half saw the Polar Bears control the pace of play and earn a 9-2 advantage in shots. However, a pair of nifty saves by Bates first-year netminder Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) kept the game deadlocked headed into the second period.

Midway through the frame, Bowdoin earned an indirect free kick from 30 yards, and a bouncing ball came to the head of Bishop. Bishop headed the ball past Watts and into the net for his second goal of the year at 70:22 to give the Polar Bears the lead.

Dan Hicks made the lead stand for Bowdoin as he finished with four saves, including three in the second-half. Watts finished with three saves overall for the Bobcats.

Three yellow cards were dealt in Sunday's contest, and fouls ended tied at 14 apiece. Bowdoin was called for 11 offsides violations, while Bates was called for three.

STATS: Bowdoin 1, Bates 0