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Women's soccer makes NESCAC playoffs, beats Bates in overtime

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College women's soccer team is in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs.
 
The Mules did their part with a 1-0 overtime win over Bates College and then received some help from Wesleyan University and Amherst College.
 
"Today was a great day for the Colby womens soccer program," Colby head coach Kristin Shaw said. "Bates is a good team and they competed hard for 90-plus minutes. Like we have done all year, we stay together as a team and converted on our scoring moment. This is a special group and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue our season in NESCAC postseason play."
 
Sarah Lofstrom caused the handball in the penalty area and then buried the penalty kick for the Mules.
 
The Mules earned the eighth seed in the playoffs and will play at top-seeded Williams College in a league quarterfinal game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Mules finished the regular season at 7-6-1 overall. Colby won its last three games and went 2-1-1 in the final four league games of the season.
 
Game highlights
* Lofstrom took a pass about 22 yards out, turned, and passed the ball into the penalty area. A Bates defender volleyed the pass, but the ball bounced from her foot to her hand. The referee blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot.
 
* Lofstrom seemed cool and collective on the penalty kick. She quickly set up the ball and did not delay at all in approaching the shot. Bates goalie Katherine Nuckols dove to Lofstrom's left, but the Colby sophomore went right.
 
"I love the one-on-one with the goalie and the pressure, that’s what makes it fun for me. I have found that you just need to go in confident and you will get the job done," Lofstrom said. "As soon as I stepped up I knew I was going to kick it hard and to the right side. To try and fool the goalie before I ran up to shoot the ball, I quickly looked to the left corner. I love shooting penalty kicks and I think it was an awesome way to reward the whole team for all the hard work we put in during the whole game." 
 
By the numbers
* Shannon Gray earned the Colby shutout with five saves, four coming in the opening half. Gray had two saves involving quick reflexes, with the best coming with 17:30 left in the first half when she saved a header.
 
* Nuckols also was strong with six saves, all coming in the first half.
 
* The Mules had 12 shots in the opening half and had an 18-15 shot margin. Both teams had eight corner kicks.
 
Box score
 

2018 NESCAC WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Williams – 12:30 p.m.

No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Middlebury – 12:30 p.m.

No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Amherst – 12:30 p.m.

No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Tufts – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 at Highest Remaining Seed

Semifinals – games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Sunday, November 4 at Semifinal Site
Final – 12 p.m.

Semifinal winners