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Men's soccer team cruises past Thomas College









WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates College men's soccer team set team records for greatest margin of victory in a game and most goals scored in a game on Tuesday afternoon in an 11-1 non-league victory at Thomas College.

Sophomore Tim Molnar (Rocky River, Ohio) scored three goals and sophomore Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) added two goals and an assist as the Bobcats won their third straight game and raised their overall record to 4-2. The host Terriers dropped to 3-7.

The Bobcats' previous team record for greatest margin victory was nine, which has happened four times, all by 9-0 scores, in the team's 47-year history. Nine was also the previous team record for goals in a game, accomplished five times.

The scoring started early for Bates when a cross from junior Jonathan Lobozzo (New Gloucester, Maine) was deflected off of a Thomas player and ended up in the back of the Terrier net, the second own goal Bates has received this season.

Bates took a 2-0 lead when sophomore Dustin DiGregorio (Boxford, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal on Thomas goalkeeper James Gorneau.

Andrew Pelletier cut the lead in half for the Terriers when he scored on a crossing pass from junior Tom Desjardins. But first-year David Wood's (Contoocook, N.H.) unassisted goal during the 23rd minute gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead. But Bates was just getting started. On a penalty shot midway through the first half, junior Haynes Johnston (Pelham Manor, N.Y.) scored for Bates, the first goal of his career. Molnar (Rocky River, Ohio) added an unassisted goal during the 28th minute for Bates, his second this season, to give the Bobcats a 5-1 lead going into halftime.

Jackson (Durham, N.H.) got into the act with back-to-back goals in the opening 12 minutes of the second half, reminiscent of last Saturday's 2-0 win at Tufts, when Jackson scored goals two minutes apart.

Sophomore Tyler Mehegan (Duxbury, Mass.) added his first career goal for the Bobcats at the 59th minute, followed by Molnar's second tally of the contest, assisted by Jackson. First-year Chris Okano (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored during midway through the second half to give Bates a 10-1 lead, and Molnar made it a hat trick with his third goal during the 79th minute.

Thomas goalkeeper James Gorneau recorded 3 saves in 27 minutes of duty. Keegan Curtin made two saves for the Terriers and Anthony Wheeler added three more saves for the Terriers. Bates first-year goalkeeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) made one save for the Bobcats, who were credited with a 20-4 advantage in shots taken.

Bates next plays host to NESCAC rival Connecticut College this Saturday at 11 a.m., during Parents and Family Weekend.

STATS: Bates 11, Thomas 1