Women’s Soccer loses twice, falls to 0-4 in NESCAC play

Colby Women’s Soccer endured a difficult doubleheader on the road this weekend, falling to both Trinity College and Connecticut College 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. The losses drop the Mules to 0-4 in NESCAC play and 2-4 overall.

The team travelled south to the Nutmeg State on Friday afternoon looking for a result to kickstart their league campaign after two close defeats. The Mules arrived at Trinity ready to weather the traditionally hostile crowd environment. Colby got off to a fast start, pegging the Bantams back with two shots on goal in the first six minutes. But they couldn’t maintain the pressure, and the hosts opened the scoring in minute thirteen. Goalkeeper Sam Rizzo ’19 made three key saves to keep the Mules in the game, but couldn’t prevent Trinity from adding two more goals before halftime.

New coach Kristin Shaw adjusted her team during the break and her changes saw immediate dividends, as Emily Martin ’18 netted her first goal of the season on an assist from Laura Arnold ’18 in the 47th minute. At 3-1, the Mules had a lifeline to get back into the game. They pressed hard for a second goal but found it difficult to find a way through Trinity’s backline. For all the Mules’ effort, the match finished at 3-1.

The team faced a quick turnaround as they hopped on the bus for the short drive to New London to face the Camels. Sunday’s game started similarly to the previous day’s, with the Mules keeping things close early. But, they again conceded multiple first-half goals, this time in the space of two minutes. Facing another halftime deficit, the Mules knew they had to manufacture some energy if they were to mount a comeback. They managed three shots, but could not beat the Camels’ keeper. Colby’s higher pressure in the second half left them more exposed at the back, which their hosts exploited, notching a third goal in the 88th minute.

The Mules were disappointed with their performances over the weekend but believe that winning results will come in time. Indeed, midfielder Ally Ingraham ’18 alluded to the team’s slow but steady progress. “We’re learning a lot. It’s tough when the results aren’t immediate but we have to take the small improvements and let those motivate us to keep getting better,” she said.

One area that the team has excelled in is beating their non-conference opponents. The Mules turned in sterling displays in wins over Husson University and Thomas College and will look to do the same on Tuesday when they visit the University of Southern Maine. The team then returns home on Saturday for a crucial NESCAC contest against Middlebury College. Three points in that game would set the Mules up nicely to make a run at a playoff spot.

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