Women’s Soccer falls to Williams

Colby Women’s Soccer traveled to Williamstown, Massachusetts this weekend to take on the undefeated national champions, Williams College. The Mules were looking to avenge an 8-0 home loss from the 2015 season. Taking the field with a 2-1 record overall and coming off a 3-0 win over Thomas College, the team felt confident despite the strength of the Williams program. Kara Wilson ’20 noticed a buzz around the Mules as they took the field against the Ephs. She said that “everyone was so invested in the game and you could feel the energy of everyone on the team.” 

Despite a strong performance in goal from Samantha Rizzo ’19 and a tough collective effort from Colby’s defense, the Mules lost 1-0. After Lindsay Ayers ’20 went down with an injury, Katie Senechal ’19 held the defense together, winning the majority of contested balls in the air.

The only goal came in the middle of the second half after Williams’ Sarah Kelly thumped in a shot off the the crossbar. Colby respondedwithin minutes with a shot on the net. Williams held strong however, and played an excellent attacking game for the remainder of the half. Ultimately, Williams outshot the Mules 20-3. 

The Colby women’s soccer program welcomed both a new head coach, Kristen Shaw, and an assistant coach, Lacey Smith. Shaw coached at Villanova University and Smith College before joining the Mules. Smith comes to Colby from Thomas More College in Kentucky, where she was the assistant coach for both the women’s and men’s soccer teams.

The real test for the Mules going forward will be conference play. They have proven themselves to be dominant over non-conference opponents; however, have struggled in recent years given the tenacity of the other NESCAC teams. Colby finished the 2015 season with a 0-9-1 conference record and a 4-10-1 record overall. With 18 returning players and seven first-years, Colby will look to surpass those numbers in the 2016-2017 season.

Colby travels to Connecticut this weekend to take on Trinity College and Connecticut College in a Saturday-Sunday double header. Colby’s next home game comes October 1 against Middlebury. The Mules are looking to improve on their current 0-2 NESCAC record as the season continues.

Leave a Reply