Men’s Soccer plays well against tough opposition, starts 1-2-1

With back in session, and Colby’s Men’s Soccer hit the field in stride. Strong performances in the first four games have Colby looking like a strong side. The Mules opened the season with a difficult 1-0 loss at home to St. Joseph’s.  Late in the game, a ball deflected off of multiple people before finding the back of the net as time expired. Despite the disappointing loss, the Mules looked to bounce back against a highly touted Tufts team only four days later.

The Tufts Jumbos have had an impressive run, winning the Division III national championship two years ago and collecting an impressive 27 wins in two years. Needless to say, the Mules were determined to establish themselves in a high profile game.

Possession went back and forth for the first few minutes, until Tufts opened up the scoring with a goal nine minutes into the game. Colby responded well with stout defense and great offense. Shortly after the Jumbos went up 1-0, Jeff Rosenberg ’19 pushed the ball up the sideline and drew the goalie out. He then centered the pass to Jacob Tower ’19, who put the ball away for his first collegiate goal.

Colby continued their unrelenting play, highlighted by a crucial save by goalie Avery Gibson ’20. Tufts earned a penalty kick with three minutes remaining in the first half, but Gibson stepped up, diving to his right to make a diving stop and preserve the 1-1 tie. Back and forth play continued for the duration of the game, earning Colby a draw with a formidable opponent. The ecstatic Mules used this momentum to propel them to success in their next game against local rival Thomas College.

The annual Elm City Bowl with Thomas resulted in the first victory of the year for the Mules. After a devastating 3-2 double overtime loss to the Terriers last year, Colby looked to take revenge on their longtime rivals.

The well-contested match carried a 0-0 draw into the second half before Tower struck again. This time a throw in from Cam Clouse `19 resulted in a cluster in front of the net. Tower got a touch on the ball and fired away, directing the ball off the crossbar and into the net to break the tie with eleven left to play in the game. The Mules’ gritty defense helped them coast to a 1-0 win.

Boasting a 1-1-1 record, Colby Men’s Soccer went into their matchup with Williams determined to prove themselves. Despite their best efforts, the Mules came up short, losing to the Ephs 2-1. Colby trailed in both corners (9-3) and shots (15-4) for the game. Despite the loss, morale on the team seems promising for the year to come.

Evan Dwyer ’18 captured the sentiment of the promising team:“There are so many lads on the team this year and good things happen when lads come together, so the season looks good.” Surely, with great confidence and lots of heart, impressive achievements lie ahead for this year’s squad.

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