W. Soccer deafeated three times in final games of season

The women’s soccer team took on Bowdoin and Hamilton in a late season battle in an attempt to secure a spot in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. Alas, despite battling through two closely contested games, the Mules ultimately fell to Bowdoin 0-2 and Hamilton 0-1 in the waning seconds of a game that turned out to be the ending of the team’s quest for a playoff berth.

At home against rival Bowdoin on Wednesday, Colby’s stalwart defense held Bowdoin scoreless for the first half of play. The backline, including starting defenders Emily Martin ’18, Nora Mabie ’17, Emilie Klein ’17, Lindsay Ayers ’20, and keeper Samantha Rizzo ’19, have performed well in previous NESCAC games agai, holding last year’s Division III national champion and this year’s top NESCAC team, Williams, to only one goal in early September.

Only three minutes into the second half, however, Bowdoin’s Julia Bottone broke the deadlock with a low-left corner shot from 15 meters out. However, Colby nearly tied the game at 1-1 with only nine minutes remaining in the game. Katherine Gillespie ’19 beat the Bowdoin goalkeeper to a ball eight meters out and drilled a shot towards goal, only to be stopped at the last second by a Bowdoin player. Bowdoin got ahead 2-0 on a goal by Julia Patterson with only a few minutes remaining in the game.

Going into its match against Hamilton, the Mules knew it was a must win game to grab a NESCAC playoff berth. The game was hard fought, with Hamilton putting 13 shots on net and Colby having some attacking chances towards the end of the match. Ultimately, however, the Mules conceded a late goal after a flurry of shots and an eventual rebound going to  Amanda Becker of Hamilton, who buried the shot for a goal securing a Hamilton victory. Colby fell 6-8 overall and were knocked out of tournament contention with the loss.

After her stellar performances versus Bowdoin and Hamilton in the last week, goalkeeper Samantha Rizzo ’19 now holds an astounding lead over other NESCAC goalkeepers in terms of shots saved throughout the year. With seven saves against the Polar Bears and an incredible 12 saves against the Continentals, Rizzo now has 93 saves through nine league games, and has a 19 save lead over the second in the table, Trinity’s Julia Pitino.

Though Rizzo and the backline have held opponents in check in a considerable number of games, her efforts were not enough, with the Mules letting in an average 1.23 goals per game. In addition, it’s no secret what has kept Colby from securing NESCAC wins and ties: a lack of goals. Through confernece play, Colby has scored only two goals, one of which turned out to be the game winner against Wesleyan earlier in the month.

Coming off the two tough losses, hopes were high for the Mules in their final game of the season, at home to Bates on Tuesday, October 25. First half goals from both the Bobcats and the Mules were then followed by resolute defensive play in the second, forcing the game to overtime. Unfortunately for the Mules, a goal from Bates’  Hannah Graves in the 106th minute proved to be the deciding factor, settling the final score at 2-1, ending the Mules season at a 1-9 NESCAC record (6-9 overall).

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