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Women's soccer surprised at Colby; still make the playoffs

Jaimie Cappucci '14 scored her third goal of the season and assisted on her second.

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With no New England Small College Athletic Conference bid to play for on Friday, the Colby College women’s soccer team made a stunning comeback from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 4-3 overtime victory over Bates College in the regular season finale for both teams Friday.

While Colby ends the season at 5-6-3 overall and 1-5-3 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, Bates (6-7-1 overall, 2-6-1 NESCAC) is the eighth seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will play at top-seeded Tufts University on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.

Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) hit solidly a 25-foot shot that went over the reaching hand of Bates goalkeeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) and into the upper right corner of the net to give the Mules the wild victory on Friday.

The Bobcats appeared to be headed toward an easy victory after scoring three goals in the opening 19:05 of play. Bates scored first on an own goal by Colby just 5:39 into play. First-year Jaimie Cappucci (Saugus, Mass.) went up for a header with a Colby defender, who accidently headed the ball in.

Cappucci made it 2-0 at 15:51 when she took a pass from junior Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) and beat Colby keeper Loni Pisani (Kanata, Canada). Cappucci then had the assist on a goal by junior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) at 19:05 to help the Bobcats go up 3-0 at intermission. It was Tobin's team-high fourth goal of the year.

The Mules turned the tables on Bates with three goals in the opening 18:06 of the second half to tie the game. Simmons gave the Mules some life just 2:25 into the half on a goal off an assist from first-year Alex Yorke (Chicago, Ill.).

The Mules got back in the game for good when Samantha Merriweather (Los Altos, Calif.) scored the first of her two goals at 12:37 of the half. Her header off a direct kick by Su Del Guercio (Parsippany, N.J.) made it a one-goal game.

Merriweather then tied the game at 3-3 on an unassisted tally at 63:06 of the contest.

Simmons joined Merriweather with her second goal of the game. Sophomore defender Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) assisted to Simmons, who kicked the golden goal into the upper right.

Jayde Bennett (Lynn, Mass.) entered the game in the beginning of the second half and earned the Colby victory in goal. She had four saves in 59:36. Burns stopped five shots, including a nice diving stop in the first overtime off a shot by Colby’s Nikki Pickering (Keene, N.H.).

STATS: Colby 4, Bates 3 (OT)