Protti named NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week

Bates sophomore Luke Protti was named NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week on Sept. 9, 2019. (File photo by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates sophomore Luke Protti was named the first NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week of the season Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, following his remarkable performance in Saturday's 3-1 victory at Hamilton.

Protti (Amherst, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals just 39 seconds apart from one another during the second half of Saturday's game, enabling the Bobcats (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) to pull away from a 1-1 tie. Protti made the first three shot attempts of his career in the game, which was his fifth career game appearance for the team.

In the 71st minute, Protti (Amherst, Mass.) took an entry pass from senior Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.), turned and shot, to see the ball glance off a Hamilton defender and inside the near right post.

Thirty-nine seconds later, Protti took a lead pass from Kimpolo-Pene, receiving 10 yards outside the box. Protti skillfully drove in on his defender and maintained control on his way toward the baseline, where from the tightest of angles he somehow slotted the ball over Hamilton goalkeeper Thomas Benson's head into the top of the net to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

Protti is Bates' first NESCAC Player of the Week since John Murphy on Oct. 22, 2012.

The Bobcats will host the University of New England Tuesday at 4:30pm, their home opener and their first game on the new grass surface on Russell Street Field.

NESCAC Men's Soccer Weekly Release #1