LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's soccer team scored two goals in the first half and held on for a 2-1 victory over UMaine-Farmington Wednesday in the Bobcats' season opener.
Sophomore Dae Ro Lee (Yongin, South Korea) scored in the second minute, heading in a cross from junior Peter Litwin (Concord, Mass.). Litwin's pass from the right wing near midfield headed toward the middle of the penalty box, and Lee raced in to beat a Beaver defender to the ball, heading it solidly inside the far post.
The Bobcats then received an own goal in the 34th minute while on a determined attack on Farmington goalie Brian Lemont (Brunswick, Maine), when a Beaver defender knocked the ball over the goal line while attempting to clear the ball.
Bates outshot Farmington 20-5 in the first half, but the Beavers made it more competitive in the second half, taking nine shots to Bates' seven in the final 45 minutes.
The Beavers (1-2) struck back with three minutes left in the second half when a free kick by senior Andrew Merriken (Salem, N.H.) from approximately 70 yards out took a big bounce over the head of Bates first-year goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) and into the back of the net.
Watts had seven saves in his collegiate debut. Lemont had six saves in the first half before giving way to senior Matthew Dennett (Augusta, Maine), who made four saves in the second half.
Bates will host Williams on Saturday at 2 p.m. in its NESCAC opener.