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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 30, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's soccer team is headed to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time since the league started a playoff system.
Colby made sure of that with a 1-0 victory over rival Bates College on Friday. The Mules needed either a win or a tie to clinch the final playoff spot.
The eighth-seeded Mules (5-7-2 overall, 2-6-1 NESCAC) will play at top-seeded Wesleyan University on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in a league quarterfinal game. Colby was tied 1-1 after the opening half before falling 4-1 in the regular season meeting with the Cardinals at Wesleyan. Bates ends the season at 3-9-2 overall and 0-8-1 in the NESCAC.
The NESCAC started a playoff system in 2000, but the Mules have had tough luck over the years. Colby actually had a better league record last year at 3-5-1 and did not make the playoffs. Bates has defeated the Mules on a few occasions in the regular season finale to deny Colby a playoff spot.
Colby junior Nate Seiberling (Sharon, Mass.) scored the biggest goal of his collegiate career just 3:28 into the second half for the only goal of the match. First-year forward Andrew Meisel (Newtown, Conn.) had his cross get by a Bates player who attempted to head the low cross and Seiberling was there to one-time the ball into the back of the net from about 15 yards.
The rest of the half was full of back-and-forth play and both teams were aggressive. There were 27 fouls in the game, including 17 in the second half.
Colby goalkeeper Dan Marden (Londonderry, N.H.) stopped four shots for the shutout. Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) made three saves for the Bobcats.
Colby 1, Bates 0
C: Nate Seiberling (Andrew Meisel), 48:28
Goalies: Greg Watts (Bates, 90:00, 1 GA, 3 saves); Dan Marden (Colby, 90:00, 0 GA, 4 saves).
2009 MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
November 1 at Higher Seeds
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Williams – 12:30 pm
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Amherst – 12:30 pm
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Bowdoin – 12:30 pm
Saturday, November 7 at Highest Remaining Seed
– games at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Remaining first round winners
Sunday, November 8
- 12:00 noon