Women’s Soccer captures first NESCAC victory

The Colby women’s soccer team earned their first NESCAC win against league foe Wesleyan this Saturday on the Hill. The girls weren’t ready to write off the Wesleyan squad, but felt extremely confident going in. “We pulled out a gritty win last year,” sophomore Aliza Van Leesten said, “but we know they always have our number. It’s going to be a fight.”

Winning hasn’t been in the cards this season for the Cardinals from Middletown, Conn. The black and red currently sit in the cellar of the league standings, and it looks as though they will continue to be the doormat of New England for the remainder of this season. That isn’t to understate the work done this weekend of what looks to be an up and coming Colby team. The Mules look to springboard up the NESCAC rankings using this game as momentum.

From the kick off, the Mules came out attacking. They got started early, when co-captain Maddie Tight ’15 found the back of the net in the seventh minute off a beautiful ball from fellow Senior Cami Notaro. The midfield pair of Tight and Notaro has stepped up for the Mules, getting involved on scoring play after scoring play for the team through the first month of the season. Tight and Notaro have led the charge for the Mules on the score sheet, combining for 17 points to date.

In the second half, the team came out going for the jugular. The Mules pushed up and began attacking to start the second period with Amanda Findlay ’15 netting an insurance goal in the sixty-seventh minute from a nifty combination play from Van Leesten.

Van Leesten has been the unsung hero on the team at this point, responding excellently to a position change made earlier in the season.Coach Jennifer Holsten ’90 moved Van Leesten, traditionally a back, to forward in an attempt to inject some life in to what had been a stagnant Colby offense. She has risen to the task, putting up two goals and an assist since the change. When asked about her performance, Van Leesten spoke about her teammates. “That was a team win out there today,” she said. “We pushed out ahead like we were hoping, but they fought back like we were expecting. We hung tough and played great defense. Every girl did her part so we could pick up this win. It puts us in a really good point heading into the back half of our season.”

Wesleyan was able to squeeze in a goal in the 78th minute, but by that point it was too little too late. The Mules had prevailed 2-1. Nora Mabie ’17 said it best, “It was a great NESCAC win for CWS.”   

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