NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Sophomore Peder Bakken found the back of the net but the Bates men's soccer team dropped a road match by a score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon to still undefeated Connecticut College.
The Camels (8-0-3, 4-0-3 NESCAC) scored three goals in the first half to take command of the match. Bates (4-2-2, 1-2-2 NESCAC) got outshot 29-7 on the day by Connecticut College. A.J. Marcucci made four saves between the pipes for the Camels while junior goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) matched his career-high with 11 saves for the Bobcats.
Liam Noonan put the Camels on the board in the 17th minute. After Graham Koval took a corner kick, the Bobcats were unable to clear the ball. Noonan scored unassisted when he kicked the ball into the back corner of the net past a diving Montanaro for his fourth goal of the season.
In the 20th minute, the Camels struck again. Ben Highton and Noonan teamed up on the assist, with Highton's shot getting denied by Montanaro but bouncing right to Koval who put it in an open net for his second goal of the year, extending the lead to 2-0.
The Camels' third goal of the first half came directly off a corner kick. Ben Manoogian took the corner and Christian Murphy headed it home for his seventh goal of the year, making the score 3-0 in just the 33rd minute of action. Connecticut College earned seven corners on the day to Bates' two.
One of Bates' two corners came in the 45th minute when junior Morgan Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.) delivered a cross that senior captain Max Watson (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted to head in but Marcucci was there for the save.
The Bobcats trailed 3-0 at the half.
In the 60th minute, Bates got on the board. Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) delivered an on-target shot that the Camels could not clear. The ball bounced off a defender and into the back of the net to cut the deficit to 3-1. The goal marked the second of Bakken's season and the third of his career.
Bates got a couple more shots off after Bakken's goal, including a pair from junior Drew Munoz (Dallas, Texas), one of which got blocked and another that got denied by Marcucci.
A late attempt in the 88th minute from sophomore Austin Sansone (New York, N.Y.) missed wide.
The Bobcats look to bounce back Sunday at 4:30 p.m. when they host Bowdoin on Garcelon Field.