Men's soccer falls 2-1 in double overtime to Connecticut College

First-year Peder Bakken scored his first career goal Saturday afternoon against Connecticut College. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year Peder Bakken scored his first career goal on an assist from sophomore Drew Munoz but the Bates men's soccer team fell to Connecticut College in double overtime by a score of 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field. 

Bates (3-6-2, 1-6-1 NESCAC) out-shot the Camels (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) 12-10 in the narrow loss.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the game-winning goal for the Camels came only two minutes and 55 seconds into the second overtime period, with Pat Devlin scoring for the second time in the match to give Connecticut College the win. Devlin stationed himself by the near post on Charlie Overton's corner kick, and flicked the ball off the inside of his foot and into the net.

Bates had a number of good opportunities early in the first half. In the fifth minute of action, junior PJ DiBenedetto (Buffalo, N.Y.) missed wide right on the first shot attempt of the afternoon for either side.

The Camels didn't record a shot until the 10th minute of action when Brooks Clark got denied by sophomore goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.), who made a pair of saves on the day.

The Bobcats recorded their first shot on goal in the 13th minute of action when senior Peabo Knoth (Portland, Maine) let one fly. Connecticut College goalkeeper Mark Cameron recorded the save though, one of three on the day for him.

In the 18th minute, Bates nearly got on the board when senior captain Luke McNabb (Glastonbury, Conn.) hit the crossbar on his attempt.

Each team recorded two more shots each before the Bobcats struck first in the match.

The Bobcats brought in Bakken (Seattle, Wash.) off the bench in the 27th minute and they brought in Munoz (Dallas, Texas) in the 35th minute.

Then in the 38th minute, Munoz and Bakken made their mark when the sophomore backer notched the first assist of his career on Bakken's first goal of his career. Bakken started the play with a perfectly placed pass to Munoz to the left wing. Munoz returned the favor with a perfect cross that the hustling Bakken headed into the back of the net, putting the Bobcats up 1-0.

The Bobcats controlled the action early in the second half, recording four of the first five shots, but failing to find the back of the net. First-year Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) had his shot blocked in the 48th minute and Cameron made a save on Opoku's shot attempt in the 59th minute.

Junior Max Watson (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted a header in the 63rd minute but got it blocked by a Camel defender.

The Camels brought in Devlin in the 74th minute and he tallied the equalizer soon-after. 

In the 78th minute, Devlin got a penalty kick opportunity and converted, tallying his 10th goal of the season and knotting the match at one.

A DiBenedetto header attempt went wide in the 86th minute, the last shot attempt Bates recorded in regulation.

Less than five minutes in to the first overtime period, junior Nate Merchant (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded his first shot of the match but Cameron tallied another save.

The first overtime ended with the match still tied at one as a couple shots by the Camels missed in the final two minutes.

But Devlin struck again for his 11th goal of the year in the 103rd minute to give the Camels the win. 

Bates looks to bounce back Wednesday when they hit the road to take on Thomas at 7:30 p.m.