Men’s Soccer Falls in NESCAC Season Opener

The Colby soccer team has high hopes for the upcoming season. The team, however, has been unable to get a foothold in New England Small College Athletic Competition (NESCAC) play. Having missed the playoffs for the second time in a row last fall, the Mules are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4-10 finish.

Taking over a struggling offense that had only scored eight NESCAC goals in the last 20 competitions will be first-year head coach Ewan Seabrook. Seabrook, who was previously an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire, comes to Colby with extensive coaching and playing experience. Seabrook has some potential in his attack as he returns the Mules’ top two goal scorers in the senior duo of Charles Dupee (two goals in 2013) and Keith Cherin (three goals in 2013). Seabrook will bring a new flare to the Colby offense. He looks to incorporate aspects of the UNH offense and has already hired assistant coach Adam Perron to help. The Colby defense had a strong start last year and looks to continue their success in the opening weeks. Last year, the Mules were able to hold opponents to one goal or less in seven of their opening nine games.

In Seabrook’s coaching debut, the Mules netted three goals on their way to an easy 3-0 victory over non-conference foe Maine Maritime Academy. The Mules were led by Cherin, who struck twice, and Chandler Smith ’18, who scored his first-ever collegiate goal late in the second half as the Mules dominated possession.

The Mules then travelled down to Williamstown to face the nationally 5th ranked Ephs. The Colby defense held fast for a half, but just three minutes into the second frame, the Ephs broke through the Colby defense for the first goal of the game on a 25-yard bullet. Williams walked away with a 2-0 victory after a mistake from the Colby wall from a set piece. Despite multiple chances, the Mules furthered their offensive scoring drought.

Next up was non-conference rival Husson University. The Mules struck late in the first half off a header from Brandon Fahlberg ’17, who recorded his first collegiate goal as well. The Eagles proved to be a tenacious opponent, netting an equalizer and stunning the Mules. For the remainder of the game the teams played conservatively, until a beautiful combination play from Colby’s Matt Ayers ’15 and Dupee netted a tiebreaker with two minutes remaining to give Colby a hard-fought victory.

As Colby returned to Waterville to face NESCAC foe Tufts, they were desperately searching for their first league goal of the season. Tufts entered 3-0 on the year, having defeated Bates 4-0. Colby was determined to get their first NESCAC victory since 2012; however, time and time again the Mules hit the posts and were unable to net a goal. A marvelous defensive match, both teams held fast. Tufts was not able to capitalize earlier in the match on any of their ten corner kicks. With just four minutes remaining, a Tufts attacker volleyed a low cross past Colby goalkeeper Peter Quayle ’15 lifting the Jumbos above Colby.

Colby (2-2-0) will face off against non-conference foe University of Maine Farmington (0-1-1) and NESCAC rival Trinity College next week.