For the Bobcat men’s soccer team, a win would have guaranteed them a trip to the NESCAC playoffs. On a rainy night where the conditions were difficult at times, Bates and Colby went the distance. Ultimately, the ‘Cats were unable to put the ball in the back of the net, and their final game of the season ended in a disappointing 0-0 tie.
Senior goalkeeper Sam Polito, who was solid all year and finished his collegiate career on a high note, recording four saves and stymied all the Mules’ chances on net. The Bates’ defense was solid all night as well, with senior Noah Riskind leading the effort.
Offensively, while the Bobcats did not record many chances, they did put a few good balls on net. Their best chance came in the first half of Overtime, when freshman forward Ben Lyons put a shot on net that went just above the cross bar. Fellow seniors Sean Moyo andLuis Pereira, perfect examples of toughness that the team exhibited all year, were vocal throughout the contest, and provided good chances for their fellow running mates in their last collegiate contest.
The tie marked an end of a season where the Bobcats had some of their best results in recent memory. Finishing 7-5-2, the team provided spectators a glimpse into a bright future, with a combined ten freshmen and sophomores seeing meaningful action. Coupled with an impressive rising senior class, the sky is the limit for the men’s soccer team heading into the 2016 season.