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Hirshberg scores for men's soccer at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Hamilton College received one goal from three different players and Leo Nizzi had two assists as the Continentals defeated Bates College 3-1 in a NESCAC men's soccer game at Hamilton’s Love Field on Saturday.

Bayard Geeslin scored Hamilton’s goal in the first half and Erich Marcks and Anthony Balbo connected on goals in the second half. Nizzi assisted on Geeslin’s and Balbo’s scores, and Eric Boole made two saves for Hamilton.

Senior forward Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) scored the lone goal for Bates, moving into first place on the team in goals (3) and points (7). Bobcat first-year goalkeeper Sam Polito (Far Hills, N.J.) stopped five shots in the loss.

The Continentals (2-4-1 overall, 1-4-1 NESCAC) controlled the ball throughout most of the game and outshot Bates 26-12, including a 12-2 advantage in the first half. Hamilton also owned the corner kick battle at 9-2.

Hamilton’s first goal came after a near miss from Ralph Jerome, whose header was punched out of bounds by Polito. On the ensuing corner kick, Nizzi crossed the ball into the box, where Bobola headed the pass to Geeslin, who connected on his first collegiate goal in the 37th minute.

Following the break, Boole was tested just three minutes into the second half. A Bates free kick made its way into the box and was headed towards the goal. Boole grabbed and secured the ball for his second save of the game.

In the 57th minute, Hamilton added another goal when Marcks crossed the ball from the baseline towards the net, which deflected off a Bates defender for 2-0 lead.

The Bobcats (2-4-1, 0-4-1) answered back in the 59th minute when Hirshberg collected a pass near the baseline, took two dribbles around a defender and shot into the back of the net.

The Continentals put the game to rest when they added an insurance goal with 2:19 remaining. Nizzi’s free kick led Balbo into the box, where his one-timer went past Polito in the upper right corner.

Bates continues its weekend road trip at Tufts University on Sunday, with a 3pm start (Video).