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Men's soccer ties Bowdoin for first time since 2002, 0-0

Greg Watts '12 made 12 saves to preserve the shutout and the tie.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's soccer team snapped a seven-game losing streak against rival Bowdoin on Saturday, accepting a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods and 110 minutes of action in NESCAC play at Russell Street Field.

It is the first tie between Bates and Bowdoin since another scoreless stalemate in 2002, and it is the first time the teams have played into overtime since 2004.

Bates moves to 1-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in NESCAC play, while Bowdoin is at 1-0-2, 0-0-2.

Both teams created some excellent scoring opportunities but couldn't cash them in, although Bowdoin outshot Bates by a 35-10 margin. Bates junior Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) made 12 saves for the hosts, nine of them after halftime, while Dan Hicks turned away three shots for the Polar Bears.

Late in the second half, a cross by senior Tyler Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.) from the right wing was one-timed by sophomore John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) toward the Bowdoin net, but caught by Hicks. About a minute later, on the other end of the field, a laser shot by Ben Denton-Schneider was deflected out of bounds with a diving stab by Watts. Bates also missed a virtually open net with Hicks drawn out of the goal when a head-ball bounced the wrong way.

During the first 10-minute overtime period, Bowdoin had a sequence of three highly threatening shots in a row. The first, by first-year Alex Marecki, was blocked by a lunging defender. Michael Gale fired a hard shot that hit the crossbar, and Alex Thomas's follow also hit the crossbar before Bates could clear the ball away.

Bates plays a non-conference game at home on Tuesday against Plymouth State, starting at 4:30 p.m. Follow the action via live video webcast on Bates' First Team Broadcasting page.

STATS: Bates 0, Bowdoin 0 (2OT)