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Men’s Soccer Comes Up Short at Bates

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

LEWISTON, Maine – After being idle for one week, the Wesleyan men's soccer team was edged 1-0 by Bates (3-2, 1-0) on Saturday afternoon. The majority of the game took place in the middle third of the field, but the Cardinals (2-3, 1-1) were unable to come up with the equalizer, as the Bobcats hung on for the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Bates had a great opportunity to score in the 18th minute when Ben Lyons served a corner kick into the box, but Cardinal goalie Chris Franklin punched the ball away, keeping the game knotted 0-0.
  • The Bobcats scored the lone goal of the game at the 21:43 mark when Charlie Cronin served a pass to Peder Bakken just outside the 18. Bakken rifled the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, making it 1-0.
  • Wesleyan's JJ LaCorte hit a hard shot from the left side with 12 minutes remaining, but Bobcat goalie Robbie Montanaro made a diving save to his left, tipping the shot just wide right of the goal.
  • Cardinal Tucker Kelsch looked for the equalizer at the 88:02 mark, but his shot sailed just high of the net and the Bobcats were able to run out the clock for the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Bates held a 9-3 shots advantage in the contest, while Wesleyan held an edge in corner kicks (5-1). The game was physical, with 25 fouls and three yellow cards.
  • Franklin made three saves in net for the Cardinals, while Montanaro was forced to make two stops for the Bobcats.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals continue NESCAC play, traveling to Tufts on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. start, before returning home to host Hamilton on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.