BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bates senior John Murphy's goal gave the Bates men's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute, but a penalty kick goal tied the game, and the Polar Bears scored with 5:38 left in regulation to deal the visiting Bobcats a disappointing 2-1 NESCAC loss on Tuesday at Pickard Field.
Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) scored his second goal of the season, and the 16th of his career, at the 32:29 mark of the first half to put Bates on top 1-0. A high ball floated into the box and Murphy headed it through traffic and into the goal.
A penalty kick awarded to Bowdoin's Eric Goitia with 2:17 left in the first half, after Bates was called for a hand ball in its box, got past first-year goalkeeper Zach Shabman (Scarsdale, N.Y.). It was Shabman's first goal allowed after 262:56 shutout minutes to start his career.
The score stayed tied until the 84:22 mark, when Zach Danssaert scored on an Andrew Jones assist for a 2-1 lead for the hosts. The teams traded blows into the second half, until a late push downfield by Andrew Jones resulted in the decisive goal. From the right wing, Jones centered a low pass to Danssaert, who flicked it inside the left post.
Bates head coach Stewart Flaherty substituted senior forward Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) in for senior defender Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) in an effort to intensify Bates' offensive pressure, and Bates outshot Bowdoin 3-0 in that time, but for naught, as Bowdoin rose to 5-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in NESCAC play.
Shabman made four saves for Bates; Will Wise made five stops in goal for Bowdoin.
Bates (2-3-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC) plays at NESCAC opponent Hamilton on Saturday at 1:30pm (Video).