LEWISTON, Maine – The Colby College men's soccer team earned the fifth seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after earning a 3-2 overtime win at Bates College on Friday.
The Mules earned their highest seed in the NESCAC playoffs since the league started a playoff format in 2000. The Mules made the tourney for the second straight year. Colby will play at fourth-seeded Amherst College on Sunday at noon in a league quarterfinal game.
Nate Tolman broke away from three Bates defenders to score the game-winning goal 7:24 into the first overtime period, giving Colby (7-6-1, 4-5-0 NESCAC) the win. Despite the loss, Bates (5-8-1, 2-6-1 NESCAC) finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference, but earned the eighth and final seed in a tie-breaker with Connecticut College and Trinity College.
Bates had a 16-6 advantage in shots only to have a 1-1 tie at intermission. In the 15th minute, sophomore back Griffin Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.) lofted a towering free kick from near midfield to a spot near the face of Colby's goal. Senior captain Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) put the hosts on the scoreboard with a header into the high left corner of the goal.
Colby junior Peter Randall (Medford, Mass.), playing in his first game back from injury, evened the game at 1-1 in the 40th minute on a feed from junior Jeremy Lactrupp (Stowe, Vt.).
The Mules then went ahead in the 59th minute. Sophomore Nick Aubin (Simsbury, Conn.) received the ball near the Bates goal and with room to shoot, but his shot was deflected by Bates defender David Wood (Contoocook, N.H.). The carom came right back to Aubin, who cashed in with a shot that glanced off of Bates sophomore Ryan March (Concord, N.H.) and into the upper right corner of the net.
But Bates answered minutes later, in the 71st minute, thanks to another Jackson header, this time a forceful redirection of sophomore John Murphy's (Yarmouth, Maine) corner kick from near Colby's far goalpost.
Bates put more pressure on the Colby goal in the final minutes of regulation, outshooting the Mules 6-3 in the last 18 minutes. But regulation ended with the score 2-2.
In the 98th minute, Tolman was able to break free and dribble past two Bates defenders to the outside, then cut in and past Bates junior goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) for a tap-in goal that ended the game with 2:36 on the clock.
Junior Ben Joslin (Chicago, Ill.) had nine saves for the Mules.
Colby 3, Bates 2, OT
Goals by period 1 2 OT Tot
Colby College....... 1 1 1 - 3
Bates College....... 1 1 0 - 2
1. 14:16 BAT Patrick Jackson (5) (Griffin Wagner) - towering free ball pass from midfield headed into upper left corner
2. 39:14 COL Peter Randall (1) (Jeremy Lachtrupp)
3. 58:46 COL Nick Aubin (5) (unassisted) - shot blocked, collects reb. and shoots off Bates def. from 5 yds
4. 70:17 BAT Patrick Jackson (6) (John Murphy) - hard header knocked near far post off corner kick
5. 97:24 COL Nate Tolman (3) (Andrew Meisel) - dribbles outside of 2 defs and extended GK for easy score 10 yds
Shots: Colby College 20, Bates College 26; Saves: Colby College 9 (Ben Joslin 9), Bates College 4 (Greg Watts 4)
2010 MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, October 31 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Bowdoin – 12:00 pm
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Williams – 12:00 pm
No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Middlebury – 12:00 pm
No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Amherst – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 6 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinals – games at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners
Sunday, November 7
Final - 12:00 noon