Women's soccer beats Hamilton, keeps playoff hopes alive

WATERVILLE, Maine --The Colby College women's soccer team received two goals from back Katie Senechal and scored all three goals on restarts in a thrilling 3-2 win over Hamilton College on Saturday.
 
The Mules are 6-6-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the NESCAC, while Hamilton drops to 7-4-3 and 4-4-2 in the conference.
 
Next up
* Colby will need a victory Tuesday at Bates College (0-9 NESCAC) at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale and a little help to secure a playoff spot. Trinity College is 2-5-2 and is in seventh place in the league, while the Mules are tied with Bowdoin College and Connecticut College for eighth place. Colby does have a victory over Trinity, a tie with Bowdoin, and a loss to Conn College. Trinity plays at Amherst, Bowdoin plays host to Tufts, and Conn College is at Wesleyan on Tuesday.
 
Game highlights
* Senechal (pictured) was one of six seniors to be honored before Saturday's game and then had the game of her life. She scored the game-winning goal with 3:03 left when Colby had a long free kick from the right side. The kick was knocked into the air by Catherine Fraser toward the right post where Charlotte White got a head on the ball. White's header went across to Senechal in the middle and she headed the ball just inside the right post.
 
* After a 0-0 tie for most of the first half, the two teams combined for two goals in the final six minutes of play. The Mules were trying to clear the ball with a header, but the ball went directly to Cat Gambino about 20 yards out. Her left-footed shot had pace and gave the visitors a 1-0 margin.
 
* Colby's Hannah Brozdowski scored with just 31 seconds remaining on a direct kick to tie it at 1-1 at intermission. She was about 24 yards out and had a nice strike of the ball that went past the wall and into the left corner of the goal.
 
* The Mules made it 2-1 just 1:32 into the second half on Senechal's first goal. Colby had a corner kick that Hamilton tried to clear. However, the ball went directly to Sofia Oliveira, who one-timed a pass toward the right post where Senechal headed in the second Mule goal.
 
* The Continentals bounced back at 66:20 to tie the game at 2-2. Gambino made a nifty move to elude a defender and hit a cross to the middle of the box. Alex Fontana, goalkeeper Shannon Gray, and a Mule defender all came in on the ball only to have Fontana win the battle and score when she hit a shot with the outside of her right foot that bounced in the goal.
 
By the numbers
* The Continentals had a 13-12 shot advantage and both teams had three corner kicks.
 
* Gray finished with seven saves, while Hamilton played goalkeepers Rachel Pike (2 saves) and Caity Smith (2 saves).
 
* Colby's six seniors in their final home game were: Elizabeth Barry, Brozdowski, Fraser, Katherine Gillespie, Samantha Rizzo, and Senechal.
 
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