Men's Soccer Streak Comes To An End
October 18, 2008
Middlebury saw its 18-game unbeaten streak come to an end as the Panthers dropped a 1-0 contest to Bates at home. The lost is the first for the Panthers since a 2-1 double overtime loss at Keene State on October 23rd of last year, while they suffer their first shutout loss since a 2-0 decision to Keene State on October 25th of 2006. It is also the team's first defeat on their Field Turf surface installed last fall, as they were 14-0-1 entering today's contest.
Despite holding a 9-5 advantage in shots, the Panthers were unable to find the back of the net. Allen Bourdon had a nice chance to score in the 41st minute, but his shot from 30 yards out sailed just inches outside the left post. Robbie Redmond threatened for Middlebury in the 70th minute as his blast from 25 yards away was punched out by Bates keeper Greg Watts.
The Bobcats scored the game's only goal at 84:39 as Dae Ro Lee struck a beautiful corner kick that arced around Middlebury keeper Brian Bush and into the far side of the net. The Panthers had a last second flurry, but Baer Fisher's shot after a loose ball in the penalty area was went just wide.
Watts made four saves in goal to earn the shutout, while Bush made three stops for the Panthers.
Bates (7-5, 2-5) vs. Middlebury (8-1-1, 5-1-1)
Date: Oct 18, 2008 Attendance: 325
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Bates............... 0 1 - 1
Middlebury.......... 0 0 - 0
1. 84:39 BATMS Dae Ro Lee (unassisted)
Shots: Bates 5, Middlebury 9
Saves: Bates 4 (Greg Watts 4), Middlebury 3 (Brian Bush 3)