Women’s Soccer sweeps week with home wins over Wesleyan and UNE

Colby Women’s Soccer played two home games this past week, defeating non-league opponent University of New England (UNE) 2-1 and NESCAC rival Wesleyan 1-0. The wins bring Colby’s overall record to 5-5 (1-5 in NESCAC play) with five games remaining in the season.

Against UNE, the Mules found themselves in a 1-0 hole midway through the first half when UNE’s Edie Pallozzi scored in the aftermath of a corner kick. The Mules had few opportunities to score in the first half; UNE had ten shots to Colby’s five, and UNE also had three corner kicks, while Colby had none. At half time, the score remained 1-0. UNE had not allowed a goal when playing in the second half or overtime all season­—a trend the Mules would have to overcome in order to win the game.

The equalizer came with just under nine minutes left in the second half, when Nicola Katz ’20 capitalized on a shot from Emily Martin ’18 that ricocheted off the crossbar. The goal was the result of improved play throughout the second half for the Mules, who managed seven shots to UNE’s nine and two corner kicks to UNE’s four.

Neither team could close the game out before the end of regulation and went to overtime. With just 18 seconds left in the period, Hannah Brozdowski ’19 found Aliza Van Leesten ’17 for the game-winning goal. UNE (7-3) had only given up four goals in their first nine games, but they gave up two in their last game to the Mules.

Colby carried the momentum from that win into Saturday’s game against Wesleyan (2-5-3, 0-3-3 NESCAC), picking up its first NESCAC win of the season. Despite Wesleyan taking 29 shots throughout the game to Colby’s nine, the Mules’ defense held strong as goalkeeper Samantha Rizzo ’19 earned a shutout with 15 saves.

Early on, Colby controlled the ball while creating several scoring chances, and the Mules finally broke through at the 22-minute mark when Van Leesten scored what would become her second game-winning goal of the season. The goal came after a  corner kick found Van Leesten on the left side of the net—Van Leesten finessed a shot over Wesleyan’s goalkeeper into the right corner of the goal.

That would be all the Mules would need to secure the win, though Wesleyan would put up a fight in the second half, taking 19 shots to Colby’s five in the period. Thanks to Colby’s resiliant defense and keeper Rizzo, none of the shots found the back of the net, and the players celebrated in relief when the final horn sounded.

Colby played its final non-league game on Tuesday, October 11 at University of Maine Farmington, and secured a 4-0 victory to extend their streak to three wins. They then have a slate of four NESCAC games to close out the season, starting with an away game at Amherst College on Saturday, October 15.

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