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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 19, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's soccer team made it 17 straight Elm City Bowl victories in a row and played for the first time under the lights at home in the history of the program in a 3-1 victory over Thomas College on Monday night at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.
The Mules (4-6-2) kept the Elm City Bowl trophy for another year after darting out to a 2-0 halftime lead. Thomas falls to 5-8-2 overall. Colby played at Harold Alfond Stadium for the first time since the facility was opened in September 2008.
Andrew Meisel (Newtown, Conn.) had one of the prettiest goals of the season on a 30-yard shot that was struck hard, but still had a bend to it as it went into the left corner of the net at 25:30 of the first half.
The Mules made it 2-0 just two minutes later when Peter Randall (Medford, Mass.) found Nate Seiberling (Sharon, Mass.) on a nice pass play. He fed the ball to Seiberling, who had a defender on him fairly tight. Seiberling turned, took a dribble and scored from about 10 yards out on the right side of the goal.
Colby's third goal came off a restart, with Mike Baldwin lifting a perfect cross that went over a group of players and directly landed at the feet of James Westhafer (Malvern, Pa.). With a defender bearing down on him, Westhafer calmly found the back of the net from about 10 yards out for a 3-0 lead just four minutes into the second half.
Tim Costa (Pelham, N.H.) broke the shutout when he ripped a direct kick off the wall, quickly got to the rebound, and then smacked an 18-yard shot into the lower left corner of the net with just 53 seconds left.
Dan Marden (Londonderry, N.H.) had three saves in 57:23 in goal for Colby and teammate Doug Sibor (Hingham, Mass.) stopped one shot. James Leibowitz (South China, Maine) stopped 12 shots for Thomas.
The Mules had a 33-10 advantage in shots and a 15-0 margin in corner kicks.
Colby 3, Thomas 1
C: Andrew Meisel, 25:30
C: Nate Seiberling (Peter Randall), 27:28
C: James Westhafer (Mike Baldwin), 49:00
T: Tim Costa, 89:07Shots: Thomas 10, Colby 33. Corner kicks: Thomas 0, Colby 15. Goalies: James Leibowitz (Thomas, 90:00, 3 GA, 12 saves); Dan Marden (Colby, 57:23, 0 GA, 3 saves) and Doug Sibor (Colby, 32:27, 1 GA, 1 save).