LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's soccer team recorded 26 shots Tuesday night but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to Maine Maritime at Garcelon Field.
Despite only tallying nine shots of their own, the Mariners (9-3-1) are the first team to score more than one goal against the Bobcats (8-3-1) in a match this season.
In the 83rd minute, Matt Caron took a corner kick and lined it down the goal line, where it deflected off a Bates defender into the net for the game-winning goal.
Caron also added an assist in the first half when his pass found the foot of Evan Backus, putting the Mariners up 1-0 in the 28th minute.
Bates answered in the 67th minute. The Bobcats earned a direct kick that sophomore Owen Keleher (Corrales, N.M.) drilled off a Mariner defender. The ball deflected to sophomore Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) and he one-timed it home from straight on to tie the match at one.
Keleher paced Bates with five shots, two on goal. Caron led the Mariners with three shots, one on goal.
Trevor Gray made eight saves between the pipes for Maine Maritime to earn the win. Junior captain David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) made a pair of saves for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats return to NESCAC action and head to Williamstown to take on the Williams College Ephs Saturday at 1pm.