USM tops men’s soccer for first time in 18 games
LEWISTON, Maine — The University of Southern Maine broke a scoreless tie in the 59th minute and added a second goal 20 minutes later for a 2-0 non-conference victory over the Bates men’s soccer team on Tuesday at Russell Street Field. It is the Huskies’ first win against the Bobcats since 1987 (a 3-0 USM home win), ending a 17-game winless streak (0-12-5) against their in-state rivals in that span.
The Bobcats will host Williams on Saturday at 11 a.m., as part of Parents & Family Weekend. Follow the action via live video webcast on Bates’ First Team Broadcasting page.
After a very evenly-matched first half, USM (3-7-1) pulled ahead in the second half, creating better scoring opportunities and taking advantage of them. Bates fell to 3-4-1 overall.
Senior midfielder Chris Kain (Kennebunk, Maine) netted his first goal this season with 31:42 left in the second half. Unmarked at the top of the penalty area, Kain drilled a low ball beyond the reach of Bates junior goalkeeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) and into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies got an insurance goal 20 minutes later, as senior forward Nick Johnson (South Portland, Maine) delivered a cross to open first-year midfielder Branden Lever (Auburn, Maine), who scored his first collegiate goal on a header at waist height inside the far right post.
USM senior goalie David Kreps (Agawam, Mass.) had seven saves, helping to make up for an 18-14 Bates advantage in shots taken. Watts had four saves for Bates. Senior Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) and sophomore John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted six and four shots, respectively, for Bates.