Men's soccer blanks Bates, headed to NESCAC playoffs

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College men's soccer team had two beautiful goals in a 2-0 win over rival Bates College and are headed to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs

The Mules (7-6-2 overall, 3-5-2 NESCAC) earned the eighth seed and will play at top-seeded Tufts University on Saturday at noon in a quarterfinal game.
 
"I'm incredibly proud of this team for returning to where we aspire to be every year, in the playoffs and in the hunt for a championship," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "This group of young men is the closest team I have ever had the privilege to coach. There is tremendous camaraderie and each day they push each other to get better."
 
Game highlights
* Ethan Fabricant scored the biggest goal of his young Colby career at 23:52 of the opening half. Fabricant had been taken down shortly before his goal, but the official did not call a foul. Fabricant got up, went toward the goal, and had nice position on a Bates defender when Asa Berzolheimer had one of the best passes of the season from near the right sideline. Fabricant had inside position on the defender and headed the ball in for a 1-0 margin.
 
"Ethan scores that type of goal every day in training so none of us were surprised, and it was excellent vision from Asa to whip the service in," Seabrook said.   
 
* The Mules deflated the Bobcats (8-7 overall, 3-7 NESCAC) right before halftime with a goal off a restart with just 2:53 remaining. David Howarth hit a spinning and bending free kick from left to right. Lucas Pereira did a good job getting underneath the ball on the right side of the goal and headed a cross to Jack Fletcher, who turned quickly on the ball and scored his first collegiate goal.
 
* Colby spent much of the second half killing time and clearing balls. 
 
"Jeff Rosenberg and Kyle Douglas were full of energy and did the defensive work that made us hard to beat, and Lucas had an excellent second half after getting the assist on the second goal," Seabrook said. "Cam Clouse was a rock in the middle of midfield, and Wyatt MacDonald was flawless against their most dangerous player.".
 
By the numbers
* Dan Carlson picked up the shutout for Colby with five saves.
 
* The Bobcats had a 22-12 shot advantage, but many of the shots came in the second half. Both teams had seven shots in the first half. Bates had a slight 6-5 corner kick margin.
 
"We talked before the game about how we felt we haven't peaked yet," Seabrook said. "Tonight was an all-around team effort. I'm very happy for the seniors who have given everything over their four years to get to the postseason."  
 
Box score
 

2018 NESCAC MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Tufts – 12:00 p.m.

No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Connecticut College – 12:00 p.m.

No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Middlebury – 12:00 p.m.

No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Amherst – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 at Highest Remaining Seed

Semifinal Games - 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Sunday, November 4 at Semifinal Site

Final

Semifinal Winners – 12 p.m.