Mens’s Soccer draws with Hamilton

Men’s soccer did not disappoint the homecoming fans this weekend, playing out a tough match against the visiting Hamilton Continentals. The tough Hamilton squad has always played well in games against the Mules. In the last four years of this NESCAC rivalry, Colby has not beaten the boys from Clinton, New York, registering a record of two draws and two losses. This past Saturday, Colby played to a 0-0 draw after a muted overtime period.

Both teams came into this match with identical conference records, sitting at 1-5-2 in NESCAC play. Hamilton is tied with Colby at the bottom of the league, with both teams having four points. The two teams played an extremely tight game with neither able to generate offense. The Hamilton goalkeeper stopped six shots to protect the shutout, while keeper Peter Quayle ’15 had two saves to maintain the shutout for the Mules.

The Hamilton men’s soccer team had two standout wingers, who were both sideline threats and consistently put pressure on the Colby back line. Additionally, the Continental striker proved to be a huge aerial threat over the course of the match, winning several headers in the box. The Colby forwards were not to be outdone, however, as Yinka Onayemi ’16 had several chances of his own over the course of the game.

The game remained level through 90 minutes. Neither team had significantly more chances to score or control the pace of the game. As the matched crossed into extra time, the star of the Colby squad, Keith Chernin ‘16, put some moves on the Hamilton defense and took a rip at the goal with three minutes left to play. The Hamilton keeper came up huge, however, and parried the ball over the net. The Mules then dodged a bullet as well, when a wide-open Continental missed a header off a threatening cross with time winding down.

Colby Men’s soccer has had trouble netting goals against NESCAC opponents throughout the season. They have only scored one goal in the past four conference games. In the previous match, the Mules experienced a similar result, as they drew Connecticut College after extra time on the road. Colby will look to take down their archrival, the Bowdoin Polar Bears, at home next weekend.

“We think we’ve made some big strides from last year,” Conrad Troast ’17 said, “We’re playing Bowdoin and Bates the next two weeks, so some big rivalry games. We definitely are able to play up to these guys and get the results we know we’re capable of getting. We want to end this season on a really high note.”

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