Men’s Soccer beats down Bantams for second straight year

This past week, Colby Men’s Soccer improved their record to 3-2-1 with wins over the University of New England and Trinity College. After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Williams on Sept. 16, the Mules hoped to rebound and surge to a winning record. To prepare for the two difficult match-ups the Mules worked to increase scoring opportunities and capitalize on shots and corner kicks.

Last Wednesday, the Mules faced off against UNE on the road. In an early show of force, Cam Clouse ’19 capitalized on a penalty kick 5:15 into the game. From there, the defense dominated, holding UNE scoreless. The Mules outshot UNE 18 to ten with two shots going off the crossbar. Colby’s seven corner kicks to UNE’s three further demonstrated the Mules’ offensive abilities. Cohesive play and strong leadership from captains and veteran players were crucial to this victory. In addition, Colby’s depth became a significant advantage in the second half, with 19 substitutions. The rookie players enjoyed valuable game experience and blended seamlessly with veteran players. The strong offensive and defensive performances added confidence in the Mules’ preparations for a challenging game against Trinity on Saturday.

Enduring unusually hot temperatures, the Mules faced off at home against Trinity. The game began with intense back and forth with scoring opportunities on both sides. Surging through Trinity’s defense, Jansen Aoyama ’19 scored at 28:10 assisted by Kyle Douglas ’19 and Lucas Pereira ’19. After several substitutions and fierce play on both ends of the field, Evan Dwyer ’18 followed with another goal at 40:40, assisted by Jacob Tower ’19. After the half, Colby took the field ready to put on a defensive showdown and continue generating offensive momentum. In a similar fashion to their victory over UNE, the Mules’ defense remained impenetrable, allowing no goals. Trinity’s slight eight shots and eight corner kicks proved the Mules’ ability to limit scoring opportunities. In another parallel to Wednesday’s matchup, Colby’s 2-0 lead and team depth allowed further game time for young players. This first win over a NESCAC school proved to be a morale boost, and the team hopes to continue their winning streak against Gordon and Middlebury this week.

This past week could prove to be a turning point for Colby men’s soccer. Earning a winning record and a first NESCAC win provides much needed momentum after a lackluster week. The Mules will focus on the challenges that lay ahead and develop their gameplay as they head into matchups against Gordon and Middlebury. Both games this week highlight the key attributes of this year’s team. Captains Avery Heilbron, Chandler Smith, and Grady Jendzejec continue to lead the team’s stellar defense. The 16 juniors on the roster provide additional leadership and experience that have proved to be valuable assets in this week’s victories. Furthermore, strong individual performances roused the team, contributing to offensive and defensive strength in both games. While thrilled with their pair of victories, the men’s soccer team will be hard at work this week, preparing for its tough NESCAC matchup at Middlebury.

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