W. Soccer drops from playoff race

The Colby women’s soccer team suffered two defeats this week, which unfortunately eliminated them from playoff contention with one game left to play. The Mules travelled to Bowdoin on Wednesday in what was a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. They started slowly as the Polar Bears opened the scoring in the 10th minute. The team regrouped and was much more solid defensively for the rest of the half. However, Colby could not create much going forward and found themselves hanging on to just the one goal deficit by halftime, having been outshot 12-1.

The Mules adjusted after the break and began to show more signs of life. Leftback Emily Martin ’18 registered Colby’s only shot on goal, but the team found it difficult to build more against a stout defense. Still, the Mules kept the game close thanks to eight saves by goalkeeper Samantha Rizzo ’18. The Polar Bears finally broke through to add a second in the 75th minute, forcing Colby to push forward to get back into the game.  The hosts were able to exploit the extra space and add a third goal with seven minutes to go. The 3-0 scoreline did not reflect how close the game was until the last 15 minutes.

The women had a short turnaround after Wednesday’s game, making the trek to Clinton, N.Y. on Friday afternoon for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday against Hamilton College. Still looking for their first NESCAC victory, the Mules knew they were in for a tough test against the Continentals, fighting for the final playoff spot. The match started brightly, with three Colby shots in the first half to go along with a 3-1 corner kick advantage. They were unlucky to be pegged back due to a goal by the Continentals midway through the half.

The Mules equalized almost immediately in the second half, with Sami Turbeville ’18 supplying the assist to Catherine Fraser ’19 for her second goal of the season, just 29 seconds in. With nothing to lose, the team pushed on to try and grab the lead. They came close in the 78th minute when Emily Renkey ’19 struck the post, and their misfortune proved costly when Hamilton capitalized on a loose ball in the box and forced the ball into the net. With  little time left, the Mules found it difficult to create any more chances and the match ended 2-1.

The Mules closed out their season on Tuesday, October 27 at Bates with a tough loss to the Bobscats. Ending the season 4-10-1 overall, with a 0-8-1 NESCAC record, the Mules are looking ahead to dramatically improve next year.

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