CASTINE, Maine – Long after night had hidden the Castine coastline at Maine Maritime Academy, captain Asa Berolzheimer sent a shot bouncing through the Mariners' defense and into the back of the net to secure a thrilling, second-overtime victory for the Mules.
Men's soccer visited MMA for their third game of the season. After starting the year with a win over Thomas, the Mules fell in their conference opener to Connecticut College and looked to rebound against the Mariners. The game did not initially tilt in their favor. Although Colby outshot MMA in the first half, the Mariners struck first when defender Ryan Holmes scored on a pass from forward Matt Caron. Although the Mules managed 12 corner kicks in the half, they could not score on any and the Mariners took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Colby continued their offensive pressure in the second half, outshooting MMA 5-3. Their attack finally paid off when Ethan Fabricant took a pass from Sam Wilson towards the middle of the box and slid a shot past the Mariners goalkeeper, tying the game. The Mules kept pressuring on offense, while their defense warded off each dangerous MMA attack, and the two teams took a 1-1 tie into overtime.
The stalemate continued through the first ten-minute period. Each team managed three shots but could not break the aggressive defensive play on either side. Momentum swung towards the Mules in the second overtime period. After forward Josh Ruban sent Colby's first scoring chance high, Berolzheimer spun magic for the Mules in the 104th minute, burying a shot off of a throw-in to seal a 2-1 win.
Coach Ewan Seabrook acknowledged the play from both teams following the game, saying, "Credit to MMA for making tonight a very difficult game. They outmatched us for energy in the first 30 minutes and out-battled us on the long throw for the first goal. I was impressed with how we settled our nerves and got back into the game with a number of first years working their way into the team."
The victory moves the Mules to 2-1 on the season. The team plays next at home against Trinity on Saturday, September 14th at 1:30 PM (EST).
(Photos courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)