HARTFORD, Conn. — The Colby College men’s soccer team got a second chance on a throw-in with the clocking running down and Grady Jendzejec made the Mules a winner with just 37 seconds to play in overtime for a 2-1 win over Trinity College in NESCAC play Saturday.
Colby is 2-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the NESCAC heading into Sunday’s 2 p.m. game at Connecticut College. The Bantams dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.
With time winding down in the second overtime, the Mules had a throw-in deep in Trinity’s zone. Colby took the toss and the ball was knocked over the end line by the Mules. The official decided that the Mules had taken the throw-in too early and had the toss taken again.
The second long throw bounced through a group of players, but Kyle Douglas tracked the ball down as it was still bouncing and left-footed a cross to the middle of the goal. Jendzejec was running in and headed the ball into the net for the stunning goal.
Colby took a 1-0 lead at 21:50 of the first half on a goal by Aidan Black. Trinity goalie Domenic Quade and a defender had a slight miscommunication on a loose ball and the weak clear attempt went to Black for the score.
The Bantams did tie the game at 1-1 on a goal by Tobias Gimand with 7:12 remaining to intermission.
Trinity had a 17-7 shot advantage for the game. The Mules had five shots in the first half and then had only one shot in the second half and overtime until the goal.
Avery Gibson stopped eight shots for his first league victory of his young career. In the second overtime, Gibson made a big save on Max Cottrell, who was about eight yards out and had a defender on him. Cottrell’s hard shot was tipped away by Gibson for a corner.