Polar Bears Stay Unbeaten After Scoreless Draw at Bates

Polar Bears Stay Unbeaten After Scoreless Draw at Bates

LEWISTON, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team remained unbeaten and extended their shutout string to four-straight games after a scoreless draw against Bates on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears stand at 1-0-2 (0-0-2 NESCAC) this season while the Bobcats move to 1-1-1 (0-1-1 NESCAC).

The tie breaks a seven-year losing skid for the Bobcats against the Polar Bears and is the first deadlock between the teams since 2002. With 110 more scoreless minutes, Bowdoin netminder Dan Hicks made three saves to extend his personal shutout minute streak to 442:41, dating back to the end of last season.

Both teams created some excellent scoring opportunities but couldn't cash them in, although Bowdoin outshot Bates by a 35-10 margin. Late in the second half, a cross by Tyler Dewdney from the right wing was one-timed by John Murphy toward the Bowdoin net, but caught by Hicks. About a minute later, on the other end of the field, a laser shot by Ben Denton-Schneider was deflected out of bounds with a diving stab by Watts.

During the first 10-minute overtime period, Bowdoin had a sequence of three highly threatening shots in a row. The first, by first-year Alex Marecki, was blocked by a lunging defender. Michael Gale fired a hard shot that hit the crossbar, and Alex Thomas's follow also hit the crossbar before Bates could clear the ball away.