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Penalty kick costs men's soccer in 2-1 loss to Bowdoin

Sophomore Eric Opoku led the Bates attack, including forcing Bowdoin to score on its own goal in Sunday night's game on Garcelon Field. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's soccer team outshot the visiting Bowdoin Polar Bears but Jake Stenquist scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute and the Bobcats fell by a score of 2-1 Sunday night at Garcelon Field. 

The Bobcats (4-3-2, 1-3-2 NESCAC) tallied 17 shots and held the Polar Bears (9-2-0, 5-1-0 NESCAC) to 11 shots on the evening. Bates managed five shots on goal while holding Bowdoin to three. Each team recorded five corner kicks in the match.

Stevie Van Siclen made five saves for Bowdoin and junior Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) made one save for Bates. 

One of the Polar Bears' corner kicks eventually led to their first goal. Matty McColl took a corner at the end of the sixth minute of action. The ball bounced around in the box and eventually deflected back to McColl. McColl fired from 20 yards out and fired the ball into the back left corner of the net to put Bowdoin up 1-0. 

The Bobcats tied things up early in the second half. Sophomore Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) caused trouble for the Polar Bear defense by splitting a pair of defenders and delivering a cross from short range. A Polar Bear defender stuck his leg out in an attempt to clear the ball, only to accidentally deflect the ball into his own net for the equalizer. 

Bates kept the pressure on after tying things up, recording 11 shots in the period. However, most shots missed high or wide. Van Siclen was not forced to make very many difficult saves between the pipes for Bowdoin.  

In the 67th minute, the Bobcats got called for a foul in the box and Stenquist snuck the ball past Montanaro for his first goal of the season on the penalty kick opportunity. 

Opoku paced the Bobcat offense with four shots on the day. 

Bates is back in action this Wednesday night when the Bobcats host Thomas College on Garcelon Field at 8:00 p.m.