Trinity And Bates Play To Scoreless Tie In Men's Soccer

Trinity And Bates Play To Scoreless Tie In Men's Soccer

Lewiston, Maine - Senior tri-captain goalkeeper Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) made seven saves on seven shots over 110 minutes, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams tied the Bates College Bobcats, 0-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action this afternoon at Russell Street Field.  Trinity is now 1-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the NESCAC, while the Bobcats, ranked No. 8 in New England, move to 3-1-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the league.  Bates junior goalkeeper Robbie Montanaro made eight saves.  Trinity, which snaps a five-game losing skid, visits Wheaton (Mass.) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Both teams tallied 17 shots on the day. Sophomore Eric Opoku (Accra, Ghana) paced the Bobcats with seven shots, including three shots on goal. Senior tri-captain forward Cody Savonen (Orleans, MaSS.)  led the Bantams with eight shots, four on goal.  One of Trinity's best scoring chances occurred in the 70th minute when rookie midfielder Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) fired back-to-back shots on goal. Montanaro (Belmont, Mass.) was able to deflect the first shot and smother the second to preserve his first shutout of the fall.  In the 84th minute, Savonen nearly gave Trinity the lead with a header but Montanaro made a diving stop.  The Bobcats nearly won the match just a few seconds into overtime. Senior Justin Yacovino (North Bergen, N.J.) headed the ball past Kabala only to have a Bantam defender kick the ball clear.  Trinity had three consecutive corner kicks later in the first overtime. Trinity tallied eight corners to Bates' five in the match.  Opoku nearly ended the match in the 99th minute but his shot sailed high of the goal.  Trinity got one shot off in the second overtime but Montanaro denied Savonen for the fourth time.