Overtime goal ends women's soccer season at Colby




WATERVILLE, Maine -- With time running out in the first overtime, Colby College’s Julie Denison (Northbrook, Ill.) used her head to get the Mules into the New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s soccer playoffs.

Denison headed in a perfect cross from teammate Emily Moos (Wayzata, Minn.) with just two seconds left in the first overtime session to lift the Mules to a 1-0 victory over Bates College on Friday. The Mules earned the eighth seed in the NESCAC tourney and will play at top-seeded Williams College at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in a league quarterfinal game. Bates, which would have made the NESCAC playoffs with a win or a tie against Colby, ends the season at 6-8 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

Moos crossed the ball from the right side to a streaking Denison, who headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net to set off a wild Colby celebration. Denision, a first-year midfielder, scored her second goal of the season, while Moos picked up her first collegiate assist.

Loni Pisani (Kanata, Ont.) stopped four shots for her third shutout of the season for the Mules (5-8-1 overall, 2-6-1 NESCAC). First-year Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) made five stops for Bates.

Both teams had chances during regulation to go ahead 1-0. Bates senior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) got past Pisani on a breakaway, but her shot was cleared away in front of the goal by Colby defender Lexi Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.) with 24:30 left in the opening half. Bohonnon also had Colby’s best chance in regulation when her powerful direct kick from 19 yards went off the cross bar with 18:40 to halftime.

It was the final women's soccer game at Bates for seniors Julie Brown (Lynnfield, Mass.), Marino and Caitlin McMahon (Sudbury, Mass.), who all played on the 2005 NESCAC Championship Bobcat team.

STATS: Colby 1, Bates 0 (OT)