Sep 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Colby College men's soccer team played Williams College tough for the second year in a row, but this time the Ephs took a 2-1 NESCAC victory on Saturday.
Colby (1-2-1 overall, 0-1-1 NESCAC) won 2-1 in overtime last year in Waterville. Despite the Ephs' statistical edge, Colby was right in the game this year in Williamstown.
"We played with heart and tenacity, and showed we can get back in games," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "Credit to Williams for scoring at critical moments. This is a good learning experience for our still young team."
The Ephs had a 9-3 shot advantage in the opening half and a 15-4 margin for the game. Williams also led 7-3 in corner kicks.
Colby came close to sending the game to halftime scoreless, but the Ephs tallied with just 2:02 to play. Malcolm Singleton's shot was saved by Mule goalkeeper Avery Gibson, but the ball deflected right to Damian Gass for the score.
Colby came out aggressively in the second half and took the play to Williams at times.
"I thought we responded very well at halftime," Seabrook said. "Brandon Fahlberg started physically imposing himself, which led to our equalizer."
The Mules drew a foul for a free kick opportunity and scored at 54:53. Jansen Aoyama (pictured) scored his first goal of the season with a blast that beat Williams goalkeeper Christian Alcorn.
"Jansen is starting to find his groove in the center midfield," Seabrook said. "That was an outstanding free kick. He does that regularly in practice, so it's something we were all expecting."
The goal seemed to wake Williams up a bit and the Ephs started to control play. Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored the game-winning goal with 12:53 left, but it was Mohammed Rashid who did much of the work. He dribbled down the right side and his cross set up the score.
Gibson and Alcorn both were credited with three saves.
Grady Jendzejec had two of Colby's four shots and both were on goal.