Late goal gives Field Hockey fourth straight win

The women’s field hockey team had a NESCAC showdown on Saturday, Sept. 23. Going into the game, the Mules were 1-2 against NESCAC opponents for the year. So going up against Trinity, a top 20 ranked team in the country, was an important game. The Mules stepped up in a big way as they won the game 3 to 2, with a goal in the last five minutes of the game. The loss for the Bantams was a continuation of a shaky season in which they started ranked tenth in the country.

The Mules came out strong in the first half, scoring the first goal. Maddie Schoenie ’20 assisted Georgia Cassidy ’20 to get things
rolling for the Mules. The goal came off of a penalty corner, and was Cassidy’s seventh of the season. With just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Myri Skodock ’19 scored off of a rebound to give the Mules what seemed like a solid lead going into the half. Cassidy described the importance of scoring the first two goals: “I think scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes was really important for us in order to set the tone and make Trinity a little bit frantic so we could keep attacking and keep putting pressure on their defense.”

However, just over a minute later the Bantams gave the Mules a bit of a scare going into halftime with an unassisted goal from Chandler Solimine.

The second half did not start the way Colby wanted. Just under ten minutes into the second half, the Bantams scored again, bringing the game to 2-2 after Caroline Curtin was able to score during a scramble in front of the net.

As the clock wound down and the game seemed destined for a tie, first year Merel van Gizjen ’21 was able to score the game winning goal. A back-handed shot into the bottom right corner of the net secured the win for the Mules. “It felt amazing, the timing was perfect” said van Gizjen. She went on to talk about the impact of her teammates when she said “My teammates tried to cheer me up and believed in me. They got me pumped for the last five minutes of the game. All my teammates were as excited and happy as I was. We knew we were winning the game, which is a great step towards the NESCAC field hockey championships.”

Riley Whitmeyer ’19, Colby’s goalkeeper, played well for the Mules. She doubled the opposing goalkeeper in saves with 14, playing a key role in the win for the Mules. Van Gizjen was active all day with five shots (four on target) to lead the way for Colby. The team looks to continue its three game winning streak going forward, but know that it won’t come easy. Cassidy said “Our takeaways from the game are that our team has a lot of potential but there are always a few things that we could have done better. We know what we need to keep working on in practice in order to be even more successful. . .The lessons from this game that we are going to capitalize on going forwards are not letting up after taking a lead like a 2-0 lead and always playing the full 70 minutes as hard as we can.”

Looking ahead, van Gizjen is optimistic about the future  of the team: “Every game is a new game and a new chance to win. I think we can surprise our next opponents, even though we have some tough games coming up. As long as we keep fighting as a together, every team is beatable.” The Mules will face University of New England during the week and Middlebury this coming weekend.