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Jackson's flurry vaults men's soccer past UMF, 2-1

Patrick Jackson '11 came up with his first two goals of the season at a very opportune time for the Bobcats.

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Bates junior forward Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) scored twice in the final six minutes and 32 seconds to push the Bates College men's soccer team past the University of Maine at Farmington 2-1 in non-conference men's soccer action Tuesday afternoon at Prescott Field.

The Bobcats (2-4) will next host Tufts University on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in New England Small College Athletic Conference competition, as part of Parents & Family Weekend. The Beavers (3-4) are scheduled to host Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference action Saturday.

Jackson's game-winner came with 1:04 left in the contest, with darkness and a downpour both looming, off a lead pass by junior Tyler Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.). Jackson tied the match at 83:28 when he hammered in a well-placed cross by first-year Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.).

Jackson's performance nullified a strong effort by the Beavers as the hosts carried play in the opening half, with 10-4 shot advantage. The momentum carried into the second half as Dillon Clark (Old Town, Maine) scored off a misplayed towering ball by Sean Raph (Fairfield, Maine) at 54:16 for a 1-0 lead for Farmington.

Over the final 20 minutes, the Bobcats gained control of play, with a 7-1 shot advantage and four corner kicks. Dewdney had a doorstep shot and a free kick hauled in by Farmington keeper Erik Corcoran (Gorham, N.H.) before Jackson came through for the 2-1 Bates victory.

Corcoran registered five saves for Farmington. The Bobcats finished with an 18-16 shot advantage, but the Beavers took 11 corner kicks to Bates' eight.

Sophomore Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) stopped seven shots in the Bates win.

STATS: Bates 2, UMaine-Farmington 1