|Patrick Jackson '11 netted the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the 43rd minute.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's soccer team scored twice in a three-minute span of the first half and went on to defeat the University of Maine at Farmington 2-1 in the Bobcats' home opener Tuesday at Russell Street Field.
Bates (1-1-0) pelted the visiting Beavers' (0-2-1) goal for 19 shots in the first half, compared to zero for Farmington. But the game was still scoreless until Bates' 16th shot, in the 40th minute of play, when sophomore Alec Taylor (Mendham, N.J.) sent a short cross from the left side of the box to first-year forward Tyler Grees (Williamstown, Mass.), who headed the ball past UMF first-year goalie Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, Maine) and into the far (right) side of the net for a 1-0 lead and Grees's first collegiate goal.
Less than three minutes later, Bates was awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the Beavers' penalty area, and senior captain Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) fired a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for a 2-0 Bates advantage, Jackson's 13th career goal and his first of the season.
The Beavers rebounded strongly in the second half, outshooting the Bobcats 13-4 in that period. UMF sophomore Jordan Hale (Falmouth, Maine) closed the gap to 2-1 in the 57th minute, embarking on a breakaway down the middle of the field with a Bates defender at his heels. Bates junior goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) came forward and deflected Hale's initial shot, for his first save of the game, but the UMF midfielder got enough of the ensuing loose ball to send it rolling past Watts and into the goal, closing the gap to 2-1. UMF continued to threaten over the last 33 minutes, forcing Watts to make three more saves before the final horn sounded.
Watts finished the game with four saves. Peters had four saves for UMF in the first half, and first-year Derek Reilly (Hollis-Brookline, N.H.) made one save while playing the second half in net for the Beavers.
Bates will play host to rival Bowdoin on Saturday at 2 p.m. UMF will host Unity College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow the action via live video webcast on Bates' First Team Broadcasting page.