Men's soccer ties 22nd-ranked Tufts

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 22, 2012

SOMERVILLE, Mass. --- The Colby College defense and goalkeeper Cody Funkhouser once again were tough in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game during the Mules' 0-0 overtime tie with 22nd-ranked Tufts University on Saturday.
The Mules, who are still looking for their first goal of the season drop to 0-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 in league play. Colby has allowed just one goal in the three NESCAC games. Tufts came into the game unbeaten, but its record is blemished slightly now at 4-0-1 overall. The Mules are back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. at home against University of Maine at Farmington.
The first half of regulation was played primarily in the middle half of the field with neither team having a good scoring opportunity until late in the stanza. Colby had the game's first legitimate chance in the 41st minute off a corner kick, but a shot went wide. Tufts' best chance came less than a minute later as sophomore Gus Santos (Framingham, Mass.) blasted a rocket that went just high.

Shortly before the half, senior Andrew Meisel (Newtown, Conn.) lobbed an intercepted Jumbo crossing pass over charging Tufts goalkeeper Wyatt Zeller (Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla). The ball floated over the crossbar and landed behind the Tufts goal.

The Mules came out blazing in the second half taking two shots in the first minute of play. Colby kept up the pressure and had the game's best scoring chance in the 51st minute, but Zeller engulfed a point-blank shot from five yards out. Zeller had another big save in the 89th minute off the foot of junior Nate Tolman (Scarborough, Maine) to send the game to overtime.

Colby nearly tallied the game winner in the second overtime as a shot off a corner kick went just wide left. Tufts' best opportunity for the golden goal came two minutes later as a shot by Santos was blocked by a Colby defender at the goal mouth.

Tufts had the advantage in shots in the game by a count of 13-7. The Jumbos also had 10 corner kicks to six for Colby. Funkhouser (Hopewell, NJ) had three stops for the Mules.

Colby 0, Tufts 0, OT
Colby............... 0 0 0 0 - 0
Tufts............... 0 0 0 0 - 0
 Shots: Colby 7, Tufts 13
 Saves: Colby 3 (Cody Funkhouser 3), Tufts 2 (Wyatt Zeller 2)

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