BANGOR, Maine -- Sophomore Ciaran Bardong, first-year Charlie Pappas and senior Austin Sansone scored two goals apiece and first-year Ty Kennedy added another score as the Bates men's soccer team won 7-1 Wednesday at Husson University.
The Bobcats (5-1-1) have outscored opponents now by an 18-4 margin and welcome the defending NCAA champion, Tufts University, in a NESCAC match at Russell Street Field Saturday at 3pm. The host Eagles fell to 2-6.
"We needed a professional performance, with the injury bug hitting us before welcoming Tufts, and we got one tonight," said head coach Tyler Sheikh. "Early goals allowed even more of our first-years to grab some firsts in their careers and we saw the game out with class. Now, we rest up, regroup and aim for NESCAC points this weekend."
Bardong (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored twice within the first 15 minutes of the game, tallying unassisted in the eighth minute then using an assist by first-year Jacob Iwowo (London, England) to make it 2-0 in the 15th minute.
Pappas (Harvard, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 31st minute, then added a second goal in the ninth minute of the second half, assisted by classmate Myles Guerrier (Canton, Mass.). The goal made Pappas the fourth Bates player to net two goals in a game this season, following sophomore Luke Protti (Amherst, Mass.) against Hamilton, Sansone (New York, N.Y.) against Thomas and Bardong. The assist was Guerrier's second of the season.
Husson got on the scoreboard 1:09 later as Ali Essallamy closed the gap to 4-1 in the 55th minute with an unassisted score.
Sansone scored unassisted in the 66th minute, then added his fourth goal in the past two games in the 78th minute, and the eighth of his career, with an assist from freshman Max Elsasser (Bow, N.H.).
In between Sansone's scores, Kennedy (Tokyo, Japan) found the back of the net on an assist from first-year Will Anastos (Norwell, Mass.). Pappas, Kennedy, Anastos and Elsasser all recorded their first collegiate points in the game.
First-year Ryan Manning (Belchertown, Mass.) made his first start in goal for Bates and fielded no shots on goal in 45 minutes of action. Senior Owen Lindenfeldar (Pennington, N.J.) made three saves and allowed Husson's lone goal in the second half.