Men's soccer ready for NCAA opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's soccer road show heads to New Jersey this weekend for the start of the NCAA Division III Tournament. 

The Mules visit seventh-ranked Montclair State in an opening round game Saturday at 5 p.m. Haverford College and New York University play in the other game at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair State. The winners of the two games play in the second round Sunday at 7 p.m. The game will be webcast here.
 
The Mules (8-6-4 overall) went to Bates College and beat the Bobcats, 2-0, to secure a NESCAC playoff spot. After that big win, Colby advanced past second-ranked Tufts University in a penalty kick shootout in a NESCAC quarterfinal in making the league semifinals for the first time. The Mules took a 3-1 win against 18th-ranked Amherst College in the semifinals and then won a penalty kick shootout over Williams College in the title game.
 
Dan Carlson, Cam Clouse, and Jeff Rosenberg each earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors Thursday. All three will be key players if the Mules are to advance. Carlson has three shutouts since the Bates game and has allowed just one goal in the last 400 minutes. Clouse has been strong in the center of the midfield and had two assists against Amherst. Rosenberg had two of the three goals against the Mammoths.
 
Clouse has four goals and two assists for a team-high 10 points, while Asa Berolzheimer, David Howarth, and Lucas Pereira all have two goals and two assists. 
 
While the Mules have gone to penalty kicks twice, Montclair State (17-1-2) has not had a shootout. The Red Hawks took a 4-3 win over Rowan University in a semifinal game and then cruised to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title with a 5-0 victory against Ramapo College. 
 
Montclair State has been home for a good portion of the season. The Red Hawks are 13-1 at the MSU Soccer Park and 4-0-2 in away games. 
 
The Mules and Red Hawks have both allowed just 18 goals this season, but Montclair State has had some blowout games and has 83 goals. 
 
Chaz Burnett (13 goals, 5 assists) and Rafael Terci (11 goals, 9 assists) lead the way with 31 points. Jose Huerta has 13 goals and four assists, while Nixon Soglo is at nine goals and three assists.