Sep 13, 2016
WATERVILLE, Maine — Jacob Tower scored another big goal for the Colby College men's soccer team to help the Mules reclaim the Elm City Bowl trophy after a 1-0 non-conference win over Thomas College on Tuesday at the Terriers' home field.
Colby goalkeeper Avery Gibson (pictured), who stopped a penalty kick against Tufts, earned his first collegiate shutout with six saves.
The local rivalry between the two teams has been special the past seven years. After the Mules used to dominate with wins, there have been five one-goal games and a tie in the last seven years. Colby is 4-2-1 during that time against the Terriers.
The Mules had some revenge on their mind after Thomas won 3-2 in two overtimes last year at Colby's Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.
Colby, now 1-1-1 overall, received a score from Tower in a 1-1 tie with Tufts University on Saturday. He has both of Colby's goals in the opening three games.
After battling to a 0-0 tie at halftime, Tower scored with 11:13 left in the game. The play started off a throw-in from Cam Clouse and was touched on by Richie Gutierrez. There was a scramble in front of the net and Tower managed to get off a blast that hit the lower part of the crossbar and deflected over the line.
Colby's defense has been strong at the start of the season, allowing just two goals in the first three games. No team has scored more than one goal. Chandler Smith, Grady Jendzejec, Evan Dwyer, and Avery Heilbron started in back for the Mules.
"I want to credit a talented Thomas team that put us under a lot of pressure," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "Our back line did an incredible job and defended with grit and discipline."
Seabrook also pointed to the defensive play of midfielders Jefferey Lin and Christian Arita. Lin had a key tackle near midfield in the second half when Thomas had numbers on a break. Jendzejec also spent most of his time guarding Willie Clemons, a dangerous scorer for Thomas.
Thomas had an 11-7 shot advantage and a 3-2 margin in corner kicks. Jonathan Dutka made three saves for the Terriers (0-2-1 overall).
Colby heads to Williams College for a noon start Saturday.