Women’s Soccer fails to overcome offensive woes in weekend losses

Colby Women’s Soccer had their second weekend double-header of the 2017 season, hosting Williams College on Saturday and Connecticut College on Sunday. The Mules started their season and NESCAC play with a 0-0 draw against Tufts, and wins over Hus- son and Thomas brought the Mules to 2-0-1 coming into the weekend.

The Mules had their work cut out for them early Saturday as they faced defending NESCAC champion Williams. The Ephs came out looking like the strong squad that went undefeated in conference play last year, scoring their first goal in the 12th minute of play, and they did not let up for the rest of the game. Williams took full advantage of their deeo bench, using ten subs in the first half to keep throwing fresh bodies at
Colby. However, Colby goalkeeper Dani Lonati ’20, who had 13 saves in the draw against Tufts, made seven saves in the first half to keep the differential to just one at halftime. Williams came out attacking to open the second half, and after a few misses netted their second goal in the 53rd minute. Just seven minutes later the Ephs struck again, building a 3-0 lead that would last the rest of the game. Williams dominated Colby on the stat sheet, with 18 shots (12 on goal) to Colby’s three (one on goal). Without a standout performance from Lonati in the goal, who finished with nine saves, the Mules could have faced a much larger deficit.

On Sunday, the Mules hosted Connecticut College with hopes for their first NESCAC win of the season. Before the
game, the Colby Soccer Field and the Bill Alfond Field, two of the new athletic fields that were finished over this past summer, were dedicated. Unfortunately, Conn College attacked first once the game started, scoring after just a minute and 15 seconds of
action. Colby withstood the Camel’s relentless attack for the rest of the first half, and in the 44th minute Colby’s Olivia Grief ’21 scored to tie the game off a pass from Emily Martin ’18. However, Colby was unable to keep the momentum going in the second half as Conn College came out on the offensive, scoring in the 53rd minute. The Camels controlled the game throughout, scoring again in the 69th minute to bring the game to its final score, 3-1. Once again, Colby was outperformed on the offensive end as the Camels had 20 shots (12 on goal) to Colby’s five (two on goal). Lonati had another good performance in goal, preventing Conn College from widening the gap. She is averaging almost ten saves a game in NESCAC play.

After the two losses on the weekend, Colby falls to 2-2-1 overall and 0-2-1 in NESCAC play. The Mules have two more games left in this home stand, hosting Trinity next Saturday and Southern Maine the following Wednesday. The Mules have proven that they can keep the score close against good teams through defense and the efforts of Lonati, but that will need to translate to the offensive end for the Mules to compete with the best teams in the NESCAC.

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