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Bates and Tufts men's soccer battle to scoreless tie




LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's soccer team played Tufts to a 0-0 deadlock through regulation and two overtime periods on Saturday, in a physical, 110-minute battle on a muddy and rain-soaked Russell Street Field.

The Bobcats (2-4-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC) and the Jumbos (1-4-2, 0-3-1) were evenly matched throughout this intense, defense-dominated contest. The statistics gave support to this as well, with Bates holding a slim 20-19 overall shot advantage. 

Tufts missed a scoring opportunity in the game's most crucial play, in the 88th minute when a shot on goal got past Bates sophomore keeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) but was stopped by a Bates defender using his hands. The Bates player was red-carded for using his hands and an ensuing penalty kick was awarded. But the kick by junior midfielder Naji Muakkassa (Jamesville, N.Y.) went just high and hit the cross bar.

Standouts in a stout defensive effort for the Bobcats included senior backs Ben Trook (Weston, Mass.) and Peter Litwin (Concord, Mass.). Watts recorded two saves in his second shutout of the season and the sixth of his career. His Jumbos counterpart, senior Pat Tonelli (Andover, Mass.), had four saves.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to in-state rival Southern Maine at 4:30 p.m. in a non-conference game. Tufts will travel to Plymouth State on Wednesday.

STATS: Bates 0, Tufts 0 (2 OT)