Connecticut College 2, Bates College 1 20T Devlin Scores Equalizer in 78', Nets Game-Winner in 103'

Connecticut College 2, Bates College 1 20T Devlin Scores Equalizer in 78',  Nets Game-Winner in 103'

LEWISTON, Maine –Senior All-American Pat Devlin (Washington Crossing, Pa.) scored his second goal of the game with 7:05 remaining in the second overtime to lead the Connecticut College men's soccer team to a 2-1 come from behind victory at Bates College today.

Devlin, who scored six goals in his first three seasons of play for the Camels, has erupted with 11 markers to lead the NESCAC this fall.

With their fourth consecutive victory, the Camels improved their record to 8-2 (4-2 NESCAC). They are in sole possession of third place with four games remaining on the conference schedule.

The Bobcats fell to 3-6-2 and are 1-6-1 in the NESCAC.

Bates (3-6-2, 1-6-1 NESCAC) out-shot the Camels (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) 12-10 in the narrow loss.

Bates had a number of good opportunities early in the first half. In the fifth minute of action, junior PJ DiBenedetto (Buffalo, N.Y.) missed wide right on the first shot attempt of the afternoon for either side.

The Camels didn't record a shot until the 10th minute of action when Brooks Clark got denied by sophomore goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.), who made a pair of saves on the day.

The Bobcats recorded their first shot on goal in the 13th minute of action when senior Peabo Knoth (Portland, Maine) let one fly. Connecticut College goalkeeper Mark Cameron recorded the save though, one of three on the day for him.

In the 18th minute, Bates nearly got on the board when senior captain Luke McNabb(Glastonbury, Conn.) hit the crossbar on his attempt.

Each team recorded two more shots each before the Bobcats struck first in the match.

First-year Peder Bakken scored his first career goal on an assist from sophomore Drew Munoz in the 38th minute of play.

The Bobcats controlled the action early in the second half, recording four of the first five shots, but failing to find the back of the net. First-year Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) had his shot blocked in the 48th minute and Cameron made a save on Opoku's shot attempt in the 59th minute.

Junior Max Watson (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted a header in the 63rd minute but got it blocked by a Camel defender.

In the 78th minute, Devlin got a penalty kick opportunity and converted, tallying his 10th goal of the season and knotting the match at one.

A DiBenedetto header attempt went wide in the 86th minute, the last shot attempt Bates recorded in regulation.

Less than five minutes in to the first overtime period, junior Nate Merchant (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded his first shot of the match but Cameron tallied another save.

The first overtime ended with the match still tied at one as a couple shots by the Camels missed in the final two minutes.

But Devlin struck again for his 11th goal of the year in the 103rd minute to give the Camels the win. 

Connecticut College will host Amherst Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. conference tilt in New London.

Connecticut College will host Amherst Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. conference tilt in New London.