Men’s Soccer struggles to 0-1-1 after tough weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Colby Men’s Soccer played a strong Williams team in an intense, defensive battle. Williams opened and closed the scoring with just over 20 minutes remaining in the first half with a goal from striker Mark Sisco-Tolomeo. In what would prove to be a very physical first half, the Mules fought hard to retaliate. With 9:15 left in the half Avery Heilbron ’18 had a near miss after volleying a bouncing ball that was the result of a corner kick. The first half was fought almost entirely on either end of the field, with very little midfield play and a lot of long through balls and lofted passes.

Colby came out of the gates firing in the second half, with an opportunity about two minutes in that was blocked away by a Williams defender. Colby applied great pressure on Williams’ back line. After quickly working the ball back down the field, the Mules earned a corner kick. A great cross was put into the middle of the box off of the corner. The ball dribbled just outside the box, and Asa Berolzheimer ’20 put on the best shot of the day for the Mules, ripping it off of the crossbar.

With time becoming an enemy of the Mules, the offense showed tremendous urgency in trying to get up the field and find a shot. However, time proved to win this battle as the game ended with a score of 1-0 for Williams.

Sunday, the Mules faced off against Connecticut College in what would prove to be a much more offensebased match than Saturday’s game. The scoring kicked off about ten minutes into the game as Berolzheimer capitalized on a botched touch by a Connecticut defender. The Mules physically dominated the first half of the game, getting several shots and having their way in the midfield. However, with 18:55 left in the first, Colby conceded a goal off a header following a corner kick. Ten minutes later, Colby nearly let up another corner kick goal, but the header just barely dribbled outside of the post. The half wasn’t over yet though, with Jansen Aoyama ’19 putting the ball in the back of the net following a beautiful combination assisted by Jack Fletcher ’21 to put the Mules back on top at 2-1.

In the second half, Connecticut College came out ready to try to catch the Colby defense on their heels. Colby didn’t let it phase them, as the back line held strong and launched several counterattacks and near misses. However, with 18 minutes left in the match, a Connecticut College player sent a deep through ball to a forward, who was racing Colby keeper Avery Gibson ’20 to the ball. Gibson arrived first and attempted to chest the ball away from danger, but the ball fell right to the boot of the striker. Connecticut College, with the net agape, hit the ball about ten feet wide on what could’ve been the game-tying goal. With 1:32 left, though, Connecticut College broke through with a goal, tying the game in time to send it into overtime.

Colby played well throughout overtime, not allowing for many chances for Connecticut College while creating several of their own. Unfortunately, Colby was unable to net one as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Mules continue their season this Saturday against Trinity at 1:30 P.M.

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