With ten minutes left in the half in the Bates men’s soccer team’s game last saturday, Drew Parsons ‘19 had his eyes on the goal, surrounded by Cardinal defenders. Decisively passing to captain Luke McNabb ‘17, Parsons set up a nice shot for his teammate, assisting the first goal of a 2-0 victory against Wesleyan University.

Six minutes later midfielder Justin Yacovino ‘18 setup Matt Divite ‘17 for goal number two, marking Divite’s second goal of the year.

“We played with poise and confidence,” Parsons said. “Consistency will be what we hope to achieve along with that. Every player on this team plays an equal role in the team’s success, and when you get a group of individuals to buy into that, it creates something special.”

Throughout the entirety of the game goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro ‘19 made three saves, helping the team achieve their second shutout victory of the season and their first NESCAC win.

“We realize if we attack game situations with energy and group work ethic we can get the outcomes we want,” Head Coach Stewart Flaherty said. “Going into the second half, I expected [Wesleyan] to rebound strong being 2-0 down. We set our goal to match their energy levels for first the 10-15 minutes and built upon the game from there.”

Although they lost their game on Sunday against Williams by a score of 0-2, improvement is still on the rise for this developing team, and they are going to be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues forward.

“I think we have a great mindset right now going into games,” Parsons said. “Even after the loss against Williams, we could see our team playing better. We always maintain a positive attitude and hope to translate this mentality to more wins in the future.”

“I feel great about this team,” Flaherty said. “They are a talented group of men who, every day, put in an awful lot of work on and off the field. They really make an effort to realize the impact of their mindset and behavior on those around them. We are on a good path, and we are a good soccer team.”

The men’s team continue their conference schedule with a trip south this weekend to play Trinity and Amherst.