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Rosenberg, Aoyama team up in overtime to beat No. 9 Amherst

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's soccer team beat ninth-ranked Amherst College for the first time since the NESCAC started a playoff system in 2000 with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory on Saturday.

The Mules, who are 5-1-2 over the last eight games, improve to 6-3-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the league. Amherst, ranked second in New England, dropped to 6-2-2 and 3-2-2 in the conference. The two teams are tied for fifth in the league, but the Mules now have the head-to-head tiebreaker. 
 
Colby suddenly has an opportunity to host a league quarterfinal game with three games remaining. Middlebury College is 4-4 in the league and stands in fourth place, but the Mules have the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Panthers.
 
Game highlights
* Jeff Rosenberg had a goal and an assist for the Mules on two plays started on winning goal kicks at midfield.
 
* Amherst was taking a goal kick in overtime, but Colby won the ball and quickly transitioned up the field. Rosenberg initially had a cross to Lucas Pereira that was knocked away back toward Rosenberg and an Amherst defender. Rosenberg won the battle for the ball, dribbled near the end line, and had a low cross between two defenders to Jansen Aoyama for a one-timer at 104:38.
 
* The Mules went up 1-0 at 16:38 of the opening half off an unassisted goal by Rosenberg. Amherst was taking a goal kick that Colby's Cam Clouse won in the air just past midfield. Rosenberg took a pass about 30 to 35 yards out and roared past a defender on the dribble. With two other defenders coming in to collapse on Rosenberg, he hit a low shot from about 14 yards out to the left corner.
 
* Amherst tied the game with just 4:42 left in regulation on a corner kick from the left side. Cutler Coleman took the corner and Weller Hlinomaz volleyed home the pass near the left goal post.
 
By the numbers
* The Mammoths had a 15-12 advantage in shots and an 8-4 margin in corner kicks.
 
* Avery Gibson stopped six shots for the Colby victory, while Michael Stone was credited with four saves.
 
Next on the schedule
* Colby plays at rival Bowdoin College on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
 
* Amherst is at Bates College on Sunday for a 3 p.m. start.
 
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