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Second-half surge carries men's soccer past Farmington





FARMINGTON, Maine -- After University of Maine at Farmington took a 1-0 lead into intermission, the Bates men's soccer team roared back to beat the Beavers 3-1 in non-conference men's soccer action today at Prescott Field.

After junior Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) evened hte game at 1-1 just 54 seconds into the second half, junior John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) netted a pair of goals for Bates, in the 63rd and 76th minutes. Sophomore Tyler Grees (Williamstown, Mass.) assisted on the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Jordan Hale capitalized on a misplayed ball to give the Beavers a 1-0 edge 23:53 into their home opener. UMF goalkeeper Tennessee Peters made the lead stand at the half as the sophomore made a diving stop on Hirshberg in the 28th minute to preserve the 1-0 edge.

The Bobcats charged into the second half as Hirshberg evened the score 54 seconds into the frame. UMF's Luiz Ristow had two unsuccessful chances off direct kicks before Grees slotted a pass that two defenders whiffed on before finding the foot of Murphy for a 2-1 lead for the visitors at 62:24. Murphy cashed in on a direct kick at 75:13 to give Bates a 3-1 win over the Beavers.

Peters recorded three saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 11-9.

Junior Brian Goldberg (New York, N.Y.) worked a scoreless second half in goal for the Bobcats with a pair of saves, making his first career decision a victory. Senior Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) stopped one shot in the opening half.

The Bobcats (1-1-0) visit Amherst College Saturday at 1 p.m., followed on Sunday by a 2 p.m. game at Trinity.

STATS: Bates 3, UMaine-Farmington 1