day, Sep. 30 marked another exhilarating game for Bates’ men’s soccer team. As the Bobcats laced up their cleats and took the field, the scene was filled with excitement. A terrific crowd is usual for a game on Saturday — especially when it is sunny and 60 degrees.
The Bobcats were coming off of a tied game at Williams the week before, facing Trinity and hungry for another win.
“The season so far, has been really fun. The guys are great and they have been really helpful getting me introduced to the program,” Josiah Krul ‘21, from Camden, Maine, remarks before the start of the game. “In terms of wins and losses, we are not exactly where we want to be, but we are very optimistic going forward,” he says.
After a hard fight on Saturday, the Bobcats ultimately drew a 0-0 tie against the Trinity Bantams. The Bobcats could not solidify a win yet again.
Spectator and first-year, Roy Mathews from Columbia, South Carolina recognized and admired the passion this team has for their sport.
“I was there the second half. The game was pretty good. They played their hearts out,” Matthews says. “They out hustled the other team and I could tell they just wanted it more.”
And it wasn’t just Mathews who believed they were more passionate and motivated. Krul adds: “We really feel we should have won the game. We kept the ball in their half the majority of the time and we had more shots at the net.”
It was recorded that Bates had 17 shots attempted on Trinity’s net.
Krul continues, “We introduced a high press defense that kept the opposition on their heels for the majority of the game.”
Junior goalkeeper and stand-out player Robbie Montenegro ‘19 made eight saves on the net during the game. This is Bates’ fourth in-conference game.
With another 0-0 tie, Krul said the team is very determined going forward to finish games with a win. “We obviously want to be undefeated and have a long season ahead of us,” Krul says.
Regardless of the disappointing tie, the energy seemed to favor the Bobcats. Spectators agreed that the field and bench were equally enthusiastic. The Bobcats on the sidelines were eager to send positivity to their teammates on the field.
When asked about his team, Krul said that “they were like a family.” In addition, he mentioned that the day before their game against Trinity, they listened to a motivational speech from former England youth national team player and mental coach, Luke Staton.
“Luke had a lot of powerful advice. I honestly didn’t hear one bad thing; everyone loved him” Krul remembers. “He told us stories and we did a few team building games. He also gave us these six words that he lives by: THIS COULD BE YOU ONE DAY. I think that stuck with a lot of the guys, including me. Overall, the presentation was about passion and pursuing goals with a purpose.”
As for the rest of the season, Krul says: “My goal is to adjust to the NESCAC pace and speed of play so going forward I can make a bigger impact.”
The men’s soccer team hopes to channel Coach Staton’s advice and are eager for a well-earned win against Connecticut College on Saturday Oct. 3.