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Verbeek scores in OT to keep the Mules undefeated in non-conference play

Waterville, Maine - Kerrie Verbeek (headline photo) scored 25 seconds into overtime as the Colby College Women's Soccer team tops University of Maine-Farmington 3-2.  Colby completed non-conference play today with the win, and finished that portion of their season with a 4-0 mark.  

UMF got the scoring started six minutes into play when McKenna Brodeur got ahead of the Colby defense and beat goal keeper Shannon Gray with a bullet to the lower left corner.  Brodeur leads the North Atlantic Conference in assists, is third in points, and is fourth in goals and showed today why the Beavers' offense runs through her. 

It wasn't until the second half that Colby answered.  At the 51 minute mark Mannon Frykholm scored on a nice feed from Kerri Verbeek and Frykholm beat the defender and the keeper to the near post.  The Mules moved ahead fifteen minutes later when Olivia Siegel (photo inset) scored from outside the 18 unassisted, drilling a shot to the lower left of the net past the keeper.  

With the lead, Colby was content to run out the final minutes with posession and playing stingy defense.  A hand ball call with just under one minute to play gave the Beavers possession with an indirect kick and one last chance at the net.  The feed in was headed by Fern Calkins off the right post.  It appeared the Mules escaped for a split second, until Brodeur knocked in the rebound and sent the game to overtime.  

Verbeek's game winner came only 25 seconds into overtime on a feed from Alessandra Marciano and marked her third goal of the year.  

"It is not easy to chase a game for that much time," Colby head coach Kristin Shaw said of her team playing behind. "Throughout that time we continued to create quality scoring opportunities, finally finishing two very good goals by Mannon and Siegs. (After giving up the tying goal to send it to overtime), for this group to respond 25 seconds into OT with the golden goal says a lot about the character, resiliency and toughness of this team."

The Mules controlled play the entire match, leading in shots 50-4 in regulation.  UMF starting goalkeeper Callie Hammer played the first 60 minutes and stopped 20 of the 21 shots she saw.  Hammer leads the NAC in saves with 125 (the next highest save total is 82). 

Colby is back in action for their final game of the year on Tuesday when they host in-state rival Bates College for a 3:00 PM start.  

(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)