It was a tough weekend for the men’s soccer team. Two NESCAC matches, both away, resulted in two losses for the Bobcats.
On Saturday, Bates took on Trinity and faced them very evenly throughout. Bates had many scoring opportunities, recording ten shots, seven of which were on target. Unfortunately, the Trinity keeper, Domenic Quade, was up for the challenge, saving all seven of those shots, including a late penalty. The Bantams scored the first goal in the 30th minute off a corner and then doubled their lead two minutes later on a free kick. Bates needs to work on their set piece defending in order to prevent easy goals in the future. The Trinity defense held firm throughout the game, preventing Bates from penetrating their goal.
On Sunday, the Bobcats faced defending national champions Amherst on their home turf and got blanked 4-0. Amherst is currently ranked 4th nationally. Both teams had about the same total shots, but Amherst was more accurate, recording ten shots on goal to Bates’ five. Bates keeper Robbie Montanaro had six saves on the day, but Amherst scored two goals in each half to finish with a 4-0 victory. Bates had a handful of opportunities, with shots just barely missing from Peabo Knoth ‘17, Justin Yacovino ‘18, Matt DiVite ‘18, and captain Luke McNabb ‘17.
Target striker Peabo Knoth 2017 commented, “I think overall we played well but we lost focus a few times and every time we were punished for it. There is definitely room for improvement, but pieces are coming together so we just need to put in a fully focused 90 minutes.”
Despite the losses, Bates is not out of the playoffs just yet. With two upcoming home games against Conn and Colby, the Bobcats look to take the hometown advantage for a couple of victories. Come support your boys as they fight for playoff contention.