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Men's soccer ties 16th-ranked Middlebury, 0-0

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's soccer team has played two games on the Colby Soccer Field and both have been impressive after Saturday's 0-0 overtime tie with 16th-ranked Middlebury College.

The Mules move to 2-4-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the NESCAC. Colby also had a tie with Tufts University in its other game on the field. 
"Today was a complete team effort with everyone involved stepping up to the challenge," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "Middlebury had the edge in size but not in grit and determination, which is something our program prides itself on."

Avery Gibson (pictured) earned his second shutout of the season for Colby with five saves. Greg Sydor made two saves for the Panthers.

"Avery and our back line held their nerve under pressure, and were constantly tested by Middlebury's set pieces," Seabrook said. "Brandon Fahlberg was outstanding in center midfield and neutralized their most dangerous player, Daniel O'Grady. Jacob Tower was an imperious presence upfront, and the work rate of the wingers to get up and down the flank, Kyle Douglas and Jeff Rosenberg in particular, was a key factor in how well we played."

Despite playing a top-20 team, the Mules had an 11-9 shot advantage and a 6-2 margin in corner kicks.

"It's only one point in an incredibly competitive league this season. But with the chances we had to score, today's performance without a doubt set the bar for the level of play this group of outstanding young men can play at week in and week out," Seabrook said. "The fun part for myself and the coaches is we know this team has more in them."
Colby played five straight road games and was last home on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Mules played the first of five straight home games. Colby will entertain Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Harold Alfond Stadium. The Mules then have a big Family Homecoming Weekend game with Wesleyan University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.