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Men's soccer ties No. 7 Montclair, falls in penalty kicks

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- The Colby College men's soccer team went 2-0 in penalty kicks during the New England Small College Athletic Conference tourney, but the Mules could not make it 3-0 after battling to a 1-1 tie with Montclair State in overtime and then falling 4-3 in penalty kicks in the NCAA Division III Tournament first round Saturday.
 
The NESCAC champs end the season at 8-6-5 overall. Montclair State, which scored in the final six minutes of regulation, moved to 17-1-3 and will host a second round game Sunday.
 
Colby will lose 11 seniors to graduation, but has some exciting young players in the program.
 
"I'd like to express my gratitude to the 11 seniors who have given every ounce of effort within them to get us to this point," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "They've made me a better coach and, most importantly, they are outstanding role models to every younger player. Their legacy is they have left the program in a better place than when they arrived, and for that I'm grateful."
 
Game highlights
* Lucas Pereira (pictured, left) scored at 15:55 of the opening half to give Colby the lead. Pereira dribbled into the penalty area after being given too much space by a Red Hawk defender. His left-footed shot went to the lower left corner of the goal.
 
* Chaz Burnett scored with just 5:47 left in regulation to tie the game. The game goes down in the record books as a tie, but Montclair advances on penalty kicks. A long ball was played into the penalty area to Burnett, who turned and had the ball deflect off a teammate directly back to him. Burnett quickly ripped a shot inside the right post.
 
* Colby had two golden chances to score in overtime. The Mules actually put the ball in the net, but were called on a deep offside infraction. In the second overtime, a Red Hawk defender cleared the ball off the goal line on a shot from in close.
 
* The teams were tied 3-3 after three shooters in penalty kicks. Cam Clouse, David Howarth, and Colin Sullivan had makes for the Mules. Colby once again put Matt Johnson in goal for the shootout and he was guessing the right way on the first three MSU shots, but all three had pace and were well placed.
 
* The Mules missed on their fourth attempt and MSU converted to make it 4-3. However, Johnson kept the shootout going with a terrific diving save to his right on the fifth shot. The Mules, though, missed on their fifth try and the shootout was over.
 
"Congratulations to Montclair State for advancing. They are an outstanding attacking team with many different ways to open you up and they deserve credit for pushing for the equalizer and forcing the game to OT," Seabrook said. "I want to wish them the best of luck moving forward and thank them for being an excellent host site."  
 
By the numbers
* Dan Carlson finished with eight saves for Colby and allowed just two goals in the final 510 minutes of his career. 
 
" We performed an incredible collective defensive effort and Dan Carlson, in particular, made three outstanding saves to keep the game 1-0," Seabrook said.
 
* MSU goalkeeper Mike Saalfrank had five saves.
 
* The Red Hawks had a 29-16 shot advantage, but the Mules had a 4-2 margin in overtime. Both teams finished with eight corner kicks.
 
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