Waterville, Maine - The Colby College Men's Soccer team took their sixth straight game to overtime but close out their season by falling to the visiting Bobcats of Bates College by a score of 2-1. The Mules finish the year with a 6-6-3 record (2-6-2 in NESCAC play) and miss out on the conference playoffs by one point.
In their previous five games, the Mules went to extra time against Williams, Middlebury, UNE, Amherst, and Bowdoin, with their only loss in the group coming ten days ago to #1 ranked Amherst.
Colby came into the game needing a win and a Wesleyan loss (to Conn. College) to gain a playoff birth, and early on it looked like this would be the Mules' day. After trading shots off the post in the first half, Bates and Colby entered halftime locked at zero. Bates held the advantage in shots by one, but Colby led in cofrner kick opportunities 4-0.
Early in the second half the Mules were finally able to break through as Ethan Fabricant found Nicholas Lemire (headline photo) for his first goal of the year. Fabricant (photo inset) ends the year as the leading scorer for Colby with seven goals (ranking fourth in NESCAC) and one assist for 15 points (fifth in NESCAC). Bates responded at the 65 minute mark as a corner was headed and relayed all the way across the box where Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene punched it into the open net for the Bobcats. Both teams played even the rest of the way, headed for overtime.
In the overtime period, Colby and Bates once again matched up even. Bates led in shots by one, but Colby used three corner kicks to apply pressure on Bobcat goalkeeper David Goodstein. As time ticked away it appeared as if the two in-state rivals would be heading to another extended period when Bates midfielder Bobby Dall found himself at the edge of the 18 and knocked a hard topspin roller through the defense and off the diving hands of goalie Stanley Clarke. There were only 17 seconds left on the clock.
(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)