WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Goals from Matt Kastner and Michael Madding propelled Williams College past Bates 2-0 in the NESCAC opener for both men's soccer teams on Saturday at Cole Field.
The win was the second in a row for the Ephs, who opened their season with a comeback victory over Westfield State on Wednesday. The contest was the season-opener for Bates.
Freshman goalkeeper Joe Maffly-Kipp (Chapel Hill, N.C.) was credited with nine saves for the Bobcats (0-1-0, who were outshot by a 28-9 margin in Stewart Flaherty's collegiate head coaching debut.
Than Finan stopped two shots for Williams (2-0-0).
Neither team dominated play in the first half, although both squads failed to cash in on valuable scoring opportunities. In the 14th minute, Bobcats first-year midfielder Wes Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) made a strong push down the left flank and sent a cross through to sophomore forward Lee Sandquist (Doylestown, Pa.), whose point-blank shot was turned away by Finan for a corner. Meanwhile, Williams had numerous chances, the best of which came when Dan Lima’s cross was headed on goal by senior captain Matt Ratajczak, forcing Maffly-Kipp to make a tough save.
The Ephs finally broke through the 42nd minute. Ratajczak sent a long ball to Timothy Marchese, who was streaking down the right sideline. Marchese cut the ball back to oncoming defender Chris Seitz, whose cross momentarily pinballed inside the box before finally being tucked home by a sliding Kastner, who picked up his first goal of the season.
The Ephs maintained possession for much of the early going in the second half, a run that culminated in the game’s second goal in the 61st minute. After a Bates turnover in Williams territory, Patrick Ebobisse sent a pass to Mohammed Rashid, who took on senior defender Dan Remillard (Hanover, N.H.) one-on-one before sending a return pass to Ebobisse, who in turn found the right foot of Madding. Madding slotted the ball inside the far post, and Williams led 2-0.
Williams had several chances to add to its lead, including a breakaway for midfielder Jonathan Westling, but was repeatedly turned away by Maffly-Kipp.
Bates faces St. Joseph's in its home opener on Tuesday at 7:30pm on Garcelon Field (Video). The Crosstones will perform the national anthem, and game jerseys will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to a 9/11 Families fund. Those interested in buying a game jersey are encouraged to email Flaherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.