WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Bates in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Smith Field.
In the loss, the Terriers fall to 8-4-1 (6-0 NAC) on the season while the Bobcats improve to 4-6-2 (1-6-1 NESCAC). Nate Merchant tallied both goals for Bates in the victory.
The Terriers got on the board late in the first half at the 41st minute as Josh Emard received a through ball from Willie Clemons and tucked a shot just inside the right post. Thomas held onto the 1-0 lead at the half and held a 12-6 advantage in shots.
The Bobcats evened the scoring in the 54th minute as Terrier keeper Drew Martin slid out to steal the ball. The ball deflected off Martin to Merchant who fired into the empty net for a 1-1 game. In the 87th minute, Merchant was the hero for Bates, scoring the winning goal on a hard shot into the top corner.
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Martin was given the loss in goal for the Terriers, making eight saves while Robbie Montanaro turned aside nine shots in the win. Thomas outshot Bates by a slim 20-19 margin while holding a 13-3 advantage in corners.
The Terriers will return to North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, October 15 as they host Lyndon State as part of homecoming weekend at 4:00 p.m.