Women’s Soccer gives up single goal in loss

One of the first days of fall, Saturday Sept. 23, was about as far as possible from typical autumn weather. The forecast was set for the high 80s, and by the 10:50 a.m. game time, the impeccably combed Colby women’s soccer pitch was scorching in the late morning sun. Colby Women’s soccer started their 2017 season with a bang: two blowout wins against outof-conference Husson College and Thomas College, and a tie against top-ranked Tufts. The exciting start to the season, however, took a dip with two close losses to Williams and Connecticut College last week. Despite the frustration, the upsets left Colby itching for redemption. Saturday presented the perfect opportunity, a conference match against rival Trinity.

The Opening whistle of the game proved to be just as exciting as anticipated. The Mules quickly took over the possession, as they often do. “I’d say we are possession oriented and very technical,” said starting freshman center-back Olivia Siegel ’20 in a press conference Sunday morning, “Mules held solid possession starting from the back line.” Though only a freshman, Siegel is a key part of Colby’s defensive oriented strategy. Playing all 90 minutes, Siegel is a vocal leader with a brickwall defensive technique. In the first half, Colby’s possession was held mainly in the midfield. Crucial midfielders Katherine Gillespie ’19, Ally Ingraham ’18, and senior captain Emily Martin ’18, all of whom have a goal already this season, worked together to win the 50/50 balls and keep up the intensity on both sides of the field. As the first half progressed, the game became more and more rough; on one particular Trinity cross, Colby keeper Dani Lonati ’20 was hit as she jumped to punch out the oncoming fire. Lonati’s resilience did not end here. In her interview, Siegel explained that “the most memorable part of the game was when our keeper saved Trinity’s penalty kick in the first half. I think after that moment is when we realized how badly we wanted this game. Everyone was on the same page. When your keeper makes that kind of save, you feel like the game is yours.”

The first half was clearly owned by the Mules, though the game remained scoreless.

The second half yielded a similar ferocity, and while Colby seemed to be winning the game through the midfield, an early second half goal from a Trinity forward certainly changed the momentum. Trinity had more shots in the second half, but the Mules kept up the high pressure in Trinity’s defending third. Leading the charge up front was first-year phenom Olivia Greif, as well as Catherine Fraser ’19 and Laura Arnold ’18. Colby’s closest chances for an equalizer came off of balls served from the midfield into Trinity’s goalie box. The push continued well into stoppage time, including several scrambles on the Trinity goal line, but when the final whistle blew Trinity remained on top. As
Siegel explained, “We obviously didn’t get the result that we wanted, but all in all it was one of the best conference games that we have played.” Colby women’s soccer continues to train hard for their upcoming games against the Southern Maine Huskies and the Middlebury Panthers.