WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's soccer team scored the game winner on a penalty kick with 5:40 left in the second overtime period, defeating Bates College 1-0 in a NESCAC match played today on the Ephs' Cole Field.
The Bobcats are now 8-4-1 overall and 4-3-1 in NESCAC action, while Williams improves to 5-3-4 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play. It was Bates' third overtime match this season. It was the sixth time this season that the Ephs have played into overtime. Williams is now 2-0-4 in games needing extra time.
Jules Oberg notched the game-winning goal for the Ephs in the 106th minute.
Bates had scoring chances late in regulation. In the 72nd minute, sophomore Ciaran Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) had a shot sail just high over the crossbar. Just under a minute later, first-year Justin Phillips (Old Saybrook, Conn.) drilled a shot on goal, but the Williams keeper Michael Davis denied the chance. In the final five minutes of regulation, the Bobcats had three corners, but were unable to capitalize.
Each team earned a corner in the first overtime period, but neither could find the back of the net. In the 91st minute, Williams' Chris Fleischer sent in a corner kick. Demian Gass connected with a header, but the shot went high. The Bobcats were unable to produce a shot off their corner in the 98th minute.
In the first minute of the second overtime period, junior Blaise Marceau (Newton, Mass.) had enough space to send a shot towards goal from the top of the box, but it lofted just high over the crossbar. Bates was whistled for a foul in the box, setting up the penalty kick for the Ephs.
Williams finished with an 18-12 edge in shots. Bates held a 6-3 advantage in corners. Junior David Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) played the entire match in goal for the Bobcats and finished with seven saves. Davis had two saves for the Ephs.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host Amherst for another NECAC match at 2 p.m.