Bates College's Luke Protti scored twice and the Bobcats posted a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Love Field on Saturday afternoon. The game was the conference opener for both teams.
Both teams wore gold laces in their cleats in conjunction with the Go4theGoal Foundation. Since collaborating with Go4theGoal two years ago, Hamilton men's soccer has raised over $47,000 for local children and their families battling cancer. You can donate by clicking here. All donations will benefit children battling cancer and their families in Central New York.
After a scoreless first half, Aidan Wood '20 scored his first goal of the season and the 11th of his Hamilton career to give the Continentals (1-1-0 overall) a 1-0 lead 17:22 into the second stanza. Sam Webber '23 drew a foul in front of Hamilton's bench area on the left sideline, Jack Sheehan '21 took the free kick and lofted a ball towards the top of the goal area. The ball bounced off the feet of several Bates defenders before Wood managed to fire the ball into the left side of the goal while being shoved to the ground.
Bates (2-0-0) came back to tie the score in the 68th minute. Peder Bakken controlled the ball at midfield and sped up the gut. Bakken passed forward to Myles Guerrier streaking towards the left corner of the penalty box and Guerrier delivered a one-timer to the opposite upper-corner of the net.
The Bobcats continued with back-to-back goals by Protti at 70:50 and 71:29 to complete the comeback. Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene helped out with the first tally as he controlled a cross and tapped a pass inward to Protti at the top of the goal area. Protti turned for a shot and the ball redirected off a Hamilton defender and past Thomas Benson '22 (3 saves). Protti's second goal came less than a minute later when he took a defender one-on-one on the right side of the penalty box and flicked the ball underneath the crossbar.
The Continentals hit the road for a non-conference game against Ithaca College on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.