Men’s soccer battles Conn College to 0-0 draw
LEWISTON, Maine — There was plenty of action, but no scoring, as Connecticut College and Bates College fought their way to a 0-0 draw through 110 minutes of play in a NESCAC men’s soccer game on Saturday.
Bates (2-7-2, 0-6-2 NESCAC) picked up a point in the NESCAC standings. For Connecticut College (3-2-6, 0-2-6), it is the sixth tie this season and the third in a row, all of them in conference play.
Bates freshman goalkeeper Joe Maffly-Kipp (Chapel Hill, N.C.) made eight saves for his first collegiate shutout. Connecticut College goalie Casey Marini made four saves in his third shutout this season. Marini has earned the decision in all six of the Camels’ ties, for a record this season of 0-1-6.
Bates outshot the Camels 10-5 in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
With 5:25 left in regulation, a hand-ball in Bates’ penalty area resulted in a penalty kick for the Camels’ Colin Patch. Patch’s shot was stopped with an excellent save by Maffly-Kipp to preserve the tie.
There were also a few close misses for the Bobcats amidst the dramatic contest. In the first half, junior Ethan Kass (New York, N.Y.) hit the crossbar, and senior Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) did the same during the second half. In the second overtime, Hirshberg nicely set up senior John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine), who fired wide.
Sophomore Nick Ford (Columbus, Ohio) put two of his three shot attempts on goal for Bates. Patch had three shots on goal for the Camels, and Billy Hawkey had two more.
The Camels received five yellow cards, while the Bobcats drew four.
Bates plays a non-conference game at Southern Maine on Wednesday at 4pm. Connecticut College plays at Wesleyan Wednesday at 3:30.