First-Years Lead Bowdoin to Victory Under the Lights at Bates

Photo courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography
Photo courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography

LEWISTON, Maine - Sam White headed a cross by Eric Goitia into the Bates goal in the 49th minute to give the Bowdoin College men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Bates on Tuesday night at Garcelon Field.

Bowdoin (4-3-1, 1-3-1 NESCAC) earns its first conference win of the season and keeps Bates (2-5, 0-5 NESCAC) winless in NESCAC play thus far. The Polar Bears are unbeaten in their last 13 meetings (10-0-3) with the Bobcats dating back to2000.

Following a scoreless first half, Goitia carried the ball deep into the right corner in Bates' end of the field and struck a long cross just past the center of the penalty area. The ball traveled over a Bates defender, but White was there to redirect the ball past Bates goalie Brian Goldberg and into the middle of the net on the right side of the Bates goal for a 1-0 lead. It was White's fourth goal this season, and Goitia's first assist.

Bowdoin had one more scoring flurry about 13 minutes later, but Bates escaped further damage, as shots by Ben Brewster and Zach Danssaert were saved by Goldberg and a third shot by Andrew Gray was headed away by Bates back David Wood, who was standing on the goal line.

After managing only four shots over the first 72 minutes of the game, and getting outshot 15-4 over that time, Bates made a late push. But Bowdoin sophomore goalie Will Wise made four of his five saves in the final 11 minutes of the contest earning his second solo shutout of the year and dropping his goals-against-average to 0.70.

Goldberg made six saves for Bates, dropping his record this season to 2-1 in net. Originally scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start, Bates' game field was unplayable due to rainy conditions and was moved under the lights and onto the turfed Garcelon Field. It was the first soccer game to be played in the facility's history.