YARMOUTH, Maine -- The Bates College men's soccer team played to its second straight draw on Wednesday night, with a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods against the University of Southern Maine played at Yarmouth High School.
The draw extends the Huskies' unbeaten string to four matches (3-0-1) and gives them a 5-4-1 overall mark. The Bobcats are unbeaten in their last three matches (1-0-2) and are now 2-4-2 overall.
Bates first-years Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) and John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) connected to put Bates on the scoreboard first early in the second half, in the 49th minute. on a corner kick. Murphy, playing at his former high school field, lifted the ball into the area where it slipped through the hands of USM junior keeper David Kreps to rookie Hirshberg, who slotted a short shot into the net for his second goal of the season. It was the second assist of the season for Murphy, who leads the Bobcats in scoring with six points.
The Huskies evened the game at 1-1 with 13 minutes to play. Southern Maine was awarded a free kick when Johnny Warren was fouled just outside the penalty area. Burnham took a shot that deflected past Bates sophomore goalkeeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) who moved in the other direction on the initial strike.
USM outshot Bates 4-2 over the two 10-minute overtime periods, but the Bobcats held them off. USM had a 12-11 advantage in shots taken overall. Watts collected four saves for Bates. Kreps was credited with three saves, including one late in the second overtime period on junior Dae Ro Lee's (Yongin, South Korea) long, bending shot.
The Bobcats next play a NESCAC game at Williams on Saturday at 1 p.m.