MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- The Colby College men's soccer team earned one of the biggest victories in many seasons after junior forward Nick Aubin scored in overtime to lift the Mules to a 1-0 victory over 18th-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday.
The Mules move to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC, while Middlebury falls to 1-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference. The Panthers also were ranked third in the New England Region behind Amherst College and Williams College. Middlebury plays at Amherst on Sunday. The Mules have the week off before playing host to Tufts next Saturday at 3 p.m.
Aubin scored 4:28 into overtime to set off the wild Colby celebration. Nate Tolman carried the ball down the middle before finding Aubin wide open on the left win. Aubin cut towards the goal and then lifted a beautiful shot into the top far corner of the net for the game-winner.
Colby was outscored 7-1 at Middlebury in losses in 2005 and 2007. The Mules, though, battled to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Panthers in 2009 and now have a 2-1 scoring advantage in the last two road games at Middlebury.
The Panthers held a 15-4 shots advantage in the game, with Cahill finishing with one save and Ben Joslin making five to earn the shutout for Colby. Joslin stopped four of the five saves in the second half.
Middlebury had a pair of nice chances midway through the first half, but could not get on the board. Jack Freeman’s free kick in the 21st minute hit the left post, while a diving header by Sam Peisch went just wide in the 33rd minute.
Colby had a few chance of their own early in the second half, with Cahill keeping it a scoreless game with a save on a header. The Mules nearly scored in the 62nd minute, with Cahill clearing a shot before Middlebury’s Matt Martin cleared a second attempt off the goal line. Middlebury’s best look may have come in the 75th minute when Graham Knisley’s open look went just wide to the right side.
Colby 1, Middlebury 0, OT
Colby: Nick Aubin (Nate Tolman), 94:28
Shots: Colby 4, Middlebury 15. Corner kicks: Colby 2, Middlebury 6. Goalies: Ben Joslin (Colby, 94:28, 0 GA, 5 saves); Tim Cahill (Middlebury, 94:28, 1 GA, 1 save).