M. Soccer looks to finish strong

With only three games remaining in their season, the Colby Men’s Soccer team has been very busy. Averaging two to three games a week, they have also been facing some tough opponents. Each of their last three games have resulted in shutouts—only one of which, unfortunately, was in the Mules’ favor. The men suffered a 3-0 loss against Wesleyan on Saturday, October 10, defeated the University of New England 2-0 the following Tuesday, and lost 2-0 at home against Amherst College this weekend. Despite the losses, the young team put up a good fight and hopes to finish the season off strong.
Last Saturday, the Mules travelled to Middletown, Connecticut, to face Wesleyan University in a NESCAC matchup. Entering the game, Wesleyan was 7-2-1 and coming off two strong wins. Unfortunately for Colby, their streak continued. Sophomore Adam Cowie-Haskell put the Cardinals ahead just 5:31 into the game on a shot into the lower left corner of the goal. 20 minutes later, Hans Erickson added to Wesleyan’s lead. Another early goal in the second half by the Cardinals’ top scorer compounded it further, making the game 3-0 and ultimately closing out the scoring. With nine minutes remaining in the game, the Mules saw their best chance on a free kick from 25 yards; however, a shot from Dan Vogel ’16 was stopped by Wesleyan’s relief goalie Brian Harnett. Colby was ultimately outshot 20-11, but despite the tough loss, the Mules were able to bounce back three days later with a dominant win against the University of New England.
The UNE Nor’easters were 2-10 before Colby shut them out at home on Tuesday, October 13. Jeffrey Rosenberg ’19 scored the game-winner twenty-seven minutes into the game off a free kick from the right sideline. The Mules controlled play for most of the game, buying themselves some insurance in the second half. Grady Jendzejec’s ’19 shot off a pass from Rosenberg was saved by the UNE goalie, but first-year Lucas Pereira ’19 was able to convert on the rebound and put Colby up by two. Goalie John Pappas ’18 only needed to make two saves to record the shutout, as Colby outshot its opponent 17-4.
The Mules found themselves on the other end of another shutout, however, on Saturday October 17, when they took on Amherst at home for Colby’s Fill the Stands Day. Amherst is undefeated this season and has allowed only two goals in twelve games. Despite the challenge, Colby was able to hold off its opponent for more than 70 minutes of play. The game was scoreless throughout the first half, but Amherst’s Nico Pascual-Leone netted one at 71:49 to put his team ahead. 15 minutes later, senior Greg Singer secured the win for Amherst with a goal off a pass from Aidan Murray. Regardless of the undesirable result, the turnout was substantial for Fill the Stands Day, and the Mules felt the support from their peers. The men’s soccer team will play its final three games of the 2015 season in the next week and a half, beginning with a game at Bowdoin on October 20, followed by one at Hamilton on the 24, and, finally, a faceoff against Bates at home on Wednesday, October 28 to finish off the year.

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