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Murphy's two goals push men's soccer past Thomas, 2-0





LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates junior John Murphy scored twice in the second half, both on assists by sophomore Ethan Kass, to break a scoreless tie and give the host Bobcats a 2-0 non-conference win over Thomas College on Sunday at Russell Street Field.

Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) has scored a pair of goals in the second halves of both of Bates' (2-3) wins this season.

Bates outshot Thomas (4-2) by a 9-4 margin in both halves of Sunday's game, but the Bobcats had no lead to show for controlling most of the first half. Bates had two excellent chances go scoreless in the first half. First-year Nick Ford (Columbus, Ohio) had a clear shot at the Thomas goal that was saved by sophomore goalie Mikkail Crockwell in the lower near-side corner, and a free kick by Murphy from 40 yards out that threatened to duck under the crossbar before Crockwell leaped high up to grab the ball out of the air.

Kass (New York, N.Y.), amid a cluster of players near the top of the penalty area, played a ball to the left flat. Thomas defenders hesitated, likely expecting a foul or off-sides call, but none came, and Murphy was the alert one who tracked down the ball, turned and fired an open shot to Crockwell's far side and in for a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute.

Ten minutes later, Murphy scored again from close to the same spot on the field, receiving an excellent pass by Kass and rocketing an unguarded shot that hit the crossbar and bounced high off the ground. Play resumed temporarily before an official ruled the play a goal.

Senior goalie Brian Goldberg (New York, N.Y.) played the second half in net for Bates and earned his second win of the season with two saves, sharing the shutout with senior Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.), who had three saves in the first half. Crockwell had eight saves for Thomas.

Bates plays host to Hamilton next Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., in the teams' first-ever NESCAC conference match. The Continentals became full-time conference members this season.

STATS: Bates 2, Thomas 0