Women’s Soccer continues NESCAC struggles and domination of Maine

On Wednesday Sept. 27, Colby Women’s Soccer hosted the University of Southern Maine. The Mules handily beat the Huskies 6-0 to add a win to their record. For their weekend match, the team took on a skilled sixth ranked Middlebury Panthers team. Though a close game throughout, the Mules ended up losing 1-0 to the Panthers. Colby is now 3-4-1 overall and 0-4-1 in conference play.

A dominant force of play allowed for Colby to score a total of four goals in the first half of the USM game. At the same time, Colby did not allow USM to attempt a single shot the entire half. The first goal for Colby came just four minutes into play from Laura Arnold ’18 off of an assist from Sofia Oliveira ’21. Not six minutes later, Arnold scored again off an assist from Emily Martin ’18. Colby’s next two goals of the half came from Kara Wilson ’20 and Ally Ingraham ’18.

In the second half Colby took 15 shots, bringing their total to 26 shots while USM  got a total of three shots off. About 20 minutes into the second half, Colby got back into scoring form as Elizabeth Barry ’19 connected on a shot to put the Mules up 5-0. Much like in the first half, Colby struck again quickly as Barry found the back of the net again for Colby’s final goal, putting the team up 6-0. Colby did not receive any fouls the entire match.

For the Middlebury match, the first half of the game remained even as Colby held off Middlebury’s nine shots compared to their two. Though Middlebury had nine shots, only one was on target and was easily saved by goalkeeper Dani Lonati ’20. Based on the fouls received on each side, it was clear that Middlebury was playing a slightly more aggressive style of soccer, earning themselves six fouls in the first half while Colby only received one.

Though the score was even over the first half, Middlebury quickly got on the board four minutes into the second half after a free kick from mid-field drew into the penalty zone, and was touched in for a goal. Colby continued to press on after the goal but was only able to fire two more shots (one on-target) the rest of the half. Lonati stayed strong throughout the rest of the match, making a total of six more saves the rest of the frame to keep Colby in the match throughout.