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Auction for 9/11 charity will cap tonight's men's soccer home opener

LEWISTON, Maine -- Tonight's home opener for the Bates men's soccer team's 50th anniversary season promises not only to be a terrific game, but also to aid victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 11 years ago.

After the game, the team is auctioning off some of the 20 commemorative 9/11 game jerseys that will be worn by the Bobcats. The top 20 bids will receive a jersey. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Families of Freedom, which raises money toward college scholarships for children who lost parents on Sept. 11, 2001. As of midday Tuesday, the team had already raised more than $6,000 in this effort, for less than half of the available jerseys. Those interested in bidding are encouraged to email head coach Stewart Flaherty (sflahert@bates.edu) with their bids.

With game time set for 7:30pm at Garcelon Field, Bates plays host to St. Joseph's College, which won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship last year and advanced to the NCAA tournament, losing 1-0 to Bates' NESCAC rival Trinity in the first round. Tonight's game can be followed via live streaming video). The Crosstones will perform the national anthem.