Men’s soccer goes 2-3 so far

The Colby Men’s Soccer team has started the season at 2-3, but there is plenty of promise for the Mules as one of their victories was one of the programs biggest wins in years. The team is 1-2 in the NESCAC after losses against Tufts and Connecticut College, and a victory against Williams.
In the season opener against Maine Maritime Academy last Tuesday night, the Mules won 2-0. Kyle Douglas ’19 and Jeff Rosenberg ’19 each scored their first collegiate goals in the second half of the game, with Douglas scoring just 57 seconds into the half. Colby had 12 shots, seven of which were on goal, while Maine Maritime had just six.
The Mules lost 2-0 to both Tufts and Wheaton following their first victory. Tufts was ranked number one in Division III at the time and Wheaton was ranked 22nd. Colby goalkeeper John Pappas ’18 was solid in net, but was unable to keep his team afloat against Tufts, and Dan Carlson ’19 had similar luck against Wheaton. While both matches were tough losses against very formidable opponents, Colby took the close games in a positive light, and were confident going into their match against Williams.
Since the NESCAC started their playoff system in 2000, Colby Men’s Soccer had a record of 0-14-1 against Williams, with eight ugly home losses and only two goals scored in 15 years. However, the Mules were as confident as ever heading into their home match on Saturday. Even so, Williams struck first after a goal by Mohammed Rashid from Brandon Dory with just 70 seconds to play in the opening half. Colby stuck around, though, as Rosenberg scored his second goal of the season with just over 12 minutes to play in the match. After 90 minutes, the game ended in a stalemate and the clock continued to tick into an overtime period. But even one overtime was not enough, and two overtimes was just barely enough, as just 31 seconds before the second session was over, senior captain Tim Stanton ’16 scored one of the biggest goals in the program’s history following assists from senior captain Dan Vogel ’16 and first-year Cam Clouse ’19. Both goalkeepers had fine games, with Pappas posting 8 saves, but it was that final header hitting the back of the net that will not be lost from memory.
One day later, the Mules participated in yet another wild match against the Connecticut College Camels. They lost 5-2, with one of the two goals coming from a Camel’s own goal and the other coming from Lucas Pereira ’19. A total of six goals were scored in the first half, a massive amount in such a low-scoring sport. Perhaps the Mules were still celebrating their win from the day before.
This season figures to be an exciting one for Colby Men’s Soccer. They play the Trinity Bantams in Hartford, CT on Saturday before hosting crosstown rival Thomas College next Monday. The young Mules squad has high hopes for this season, which has already gotten off to an exhilarating start.