|David Wood's heads-up play midway through the second half kept Bates within a goal of the Polar Bears. (File photo)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Sam White headed a cross by Eric Goitia into the Bates goal in the 49th minute to give Bowdoin College a 1-0 win over the Bates College men's soccer team on Tuesday night at Garcelon Field. Rainy weather prompted the game to be played on the Bobcats' bad-weather home field for the first time, since its FieldTurf resurfacing and stadium light installation a year ago.
Bowdoin (4-3-1, 1-3-1 NESCAC) earns its first conference win of the season and keeps Bates (2-5, 0-5 NESCAC) winless in NESCAC play thus far.
Following a scoreless first half, Goitia carried the ball deep into the right corner in Bates' end of the field and struck a long cross just past the center of the penalty area. The ball traveled over a Bates defender, but White was there to redirect the ball past Bates goalie Brian Goldberg and into the middle of the net on the right side of the Bates goal for a 1-0 lead. It was White's fourth goal this season, and Goitia's first assist.
Bowdoin had one more scoring flurry about 13 minutes later, but Bates escaped further damage, as shots by Ben Brewster and Zach Danssaert were saved by Goldberg and a third shot by Andrew Gray was headed away by Bates senior back David Wood (Contoocook, N.H.), who was standing on the goal line.
After managing only four shots over the first 72 minutes of the game, Bates seemed a different team over the final 18 minutes, keeping the ball in Bowdoin's end and outshooting Bowdoin 12-2 over that time. Too many of the Bobcats' shots sailed wide or high to threaten Bowdoin's lead, but sophomore goalie Will Wise made four of his five saves in the final 11 minutes of the contest. Bates also attempted four of its seven corner kicks in the game over the final five minutes.
Junior John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted a team-high five of Bates' 16 shots, and also tested Wise on a 60-yard free kick into the Bowdoin box during the first half.
Goldberg made six saves for Bates, dropping his record this season to 2-1 in net.
Bates plays at Wesleyan in another NESCAC game this Saturday at 12 p.m. The game can be followed via live stats.