Men’s Soccer bounces back big with shut out of Middlebury

Coming off a successful week with wins against the University of New England and Trinity College, the Mules hoped to maintain their winning record  against Gordon College at home and Middlebury on the road this past week.

In a tough but hard fought loss on Tuesday against the Gordon College Fighting Scots, Chandler Smith ’18 had two big defensive plays in the second half, making two clears off the goal line in under three minutes. Other highlights include Stanley Clarke ’20’s four saves in the first half, and Dan Carlson ’19 ‘s two saves in the second. Despite the team’s dedication however, Gordon was able to maintain its lead, as Josh Beveridge was able to score off an assist from Noah Craig only 6:16 minutes into the game. Gordon put on pressure early, with three corner kicks in the first two and a half minutes, and five of six corner kicks in the first 12:13 minutes of play. The rest of the game was fought fairly evenly, with Gordon having a slight advantage of 11 shots on goal compared to Colby’s eight. Gordon was able to maintain their shutout with goalkeeper Wesley Sprague, who stopped four shots. Colby fell to 3-3-1 on the season after this game.

Hungry for a winning record, the Mules came out with a lot of energy against Middlebury on Saturday and were able to keep the ball in Middlebury’s half the majority of the game. Lucas Pereira ’19 scored within the first five minutes of the game off of a throw-in after the ball bounced around in the box, while Cam Clouse ’19 scored an incredible goal on a free kick from 20 yards out in the second half. The Mules were able to play disciplined defense, and Middlebury’s best chance came on a direct kick with only 4:50 minutes left, but was stopped by Colby goalkeeper Avery Gibson ’20 on a dive. Colby had an advantage throughout the game with 14 shots on goal, and played physically with 19 of 33 fouls. “It was a great team effort where we were all focused and on the same page which resulted in a good 2-0 victory on the road,” Clouse said of the game.

With this win Colby advanced to 4-3-1, and won the Michael P. Russell Memorial Cup. The cup was established in memory of Michael Russell, who graduated from Middlebury in 1998. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 36. Russell had siblings attend both Middlebury and Colby.

The Mules hope to grow their winning record this week  with another league road game against Wesleyan on Saturday.

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