W. Soccer goes 1-3

The Colby women’s soccer team travelled to the University of New England (UNE) on October 6 looking to gather momentum for the Fall Break weekend. Despite offensive play from both sides, the game remained scoreless all through the first half, with the deadlock only being broken by a UNE goal in the 73rd minute. Katrina Holt ’19 scored in the 88th minute off a breakaway to level the score at 1-1. Unfortunately, UNE responded with just 18 seconds left, pulling ahead to hand Colby a devastating 2-1 defeat.
Still in search of their first NESCAC win of the season, the Mules headed to Middletown, CT on October 10 to kick off against Wesleyan. Late first-half goals continue to plague Colby as the Cardinals scored off a corner kick with just five minutes left in the first half. Unfortunately for the Mules, Wesleyan was equally relentless offensively in the second half. By the 57th minute, the Cardinals were up 3-0 thanks to a bicycle kick and a blistering shot from well beyond the penalty box. The Colby offense struggled as they failed to even test the Wesleyan goalkeeper until the 64th minute. Although it failed to change the outcome of the contest, Aliza Van Leesten ’17 attempted to resuscitate the lethargic Colby offense, scoring two goals in the final five minutes. The 3-2 loss kept the Mules winless in the NESCAC as they travelled back home to face Husson in a non-conference match on October 13.
Van Leesten continued her impressive stretch, scoring three goals, with two in the first 12 minutes, in a decisive 5-1 win. The win was a great confidence booster as Colby College (3-6-1) was behind Husson (5-6-1) by two wins in terms of non-conference records.
The Mules then faced Amherst at home last Saturday, but were again unable to obtain a conference victory. The team looked to rally of their last win, but another brutal late-first half goal (a penalty at 44:21), was all Amherst need as they eventually shut out Colby 2-0. With just three games left and an 0-6-1 conference record, playoff aspirations look unlikely, but a couple of key wins can end the 2016 season on high note.

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