|Bates College||Middlebury College|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Senior forward Peabo Knoth scored the game-winning goal in overtime to propel the Bates men’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory over No. 15 nationally ranked Middlebury Saturday afternoon.
In the 100th minute of action, first-year Julien Williamson passed in behind to Knoth who tapped the ball around the keeper for his third goal of the season, securing the Bobcats’ first victory over Middlebury since 2012.
Entering the contest, the Panthers (9-2-3, 4-2-3 NESCAC) had only allowed four goals in eight NESCAC games in 2016. The Bobcats (6-6-2, 2-6-1) hung three on them Saturday.
Throughout regulation, senior forward Matt DiVite paced the Bobcat attack, scoring two goals.
DiVite entered his senior season having scored one goal over his three seasons as a Bobcat. He now ranks second on the team with five goals this year, including three over his previous two matches.
On Saturday, the Panthers got on the board first.
In the 17th minute, Greg Conrad fired a shot on goal that sophomore goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro deflected. But the ball bounced right to Kyle Moffat on the doorstep. Moffat cleaned up for his third goal of the season.
In the 35th minute, the Bobcats responded in a big way.
DiVite blasted a shot from 25 yards out off a loose ball and it knuckled into the top right corner of the net for the equalizer.
The first half ended with the teams tied at one, although Middlebury out-shot Bates 9-3 in the period. Montanaro made three of his four saves in the first half.
The Bobcats took the first three shots of the second half, with DiVite connecting yet again in the 57th minute.
Following a foul call on the Panthers, senior captain Luke McNabb delivered a cross off a free kick from deep. DiVite was able to redirect it with his head into the back of the net for the go-ahead score.
In the 72nd minute, the Panthers took their turn scoring off a set piece. Drew Goulart found Tom Bean on a kick from just outside the box. Bean tapped it in for the equalizer.
Bates out-shot the Panthers 6-3 in the second half and 4-1 in overtime. The teams finished tied in shots with 13 each.
But it was the 13th shot of the day for the Bobcats, off the foot of Knoth, that is bringing the Reynolds Cup back to Lewiston.