Brunswick, Maine - Sophomore captain Graham Pugh (headline photo) scored 40 seconds into the second overtime, leading the Colby College Men's Soccer team to a 1-0 win over rival Bowdoin College. Colby keeps their playoff hopes alive with one game remaining.
While play was even through the first 45 minutes (the Mules and Polar Bears were even in shots and corners in the first half), Bowdoin tilted the field in the second half. The hosts pressed the Colby end ferociously and got off 11 shots to none for the Mules. Goal keeper Matt Morin (photo inset) turned away all three shots on goal and kept Colby's chances alive. The match evened out again in the first overtime, with the teams working possession and earning one shot each.
Shortly after the second overtime began, Pugh chased a loose ball into the box and sent it off the crossbar. He gathered his own rebound and buried it in the twine for the win. Bowdoin goal keeper Michael Webber is ranked third in the NESCAC for save percentage, but he didn't have much of a chance on either ball off Pugh's foot.
Colby plays its final game on Tuesday of next week under the lights against Bates College in search of its second straight eight seed entry to the NESCAC playoffs.
(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)