Colby loses to Wesleyan 0-2
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On a crisp, early autumn Connecticut day that hinted that the warm weather may soon be coming to a close, the women's soccer team travelled to Middletown, Conn. to take on Wesleyan University in a follow-up to its thriller with Trinity College last weekend. Unfortunately, the Mules were unable to off-set two Wesleyan goals towards the middle of the first half, and fell by a score of 2-0.
The Mules were unable to put one into the net despite holding the overall shot advantage at 12-11, although forwards Julie Dennison '12 and Nikki Pickering '12 put constant pressure on the Wesleyan back line as they pushed forward looking to find the back of the net. Co-captain Lexi Bohonnon '10, said, "We need to find a way to score. That is our number one goal right now."
The team got very solid play from its back four once again, as well as several dangerous runs out of the midfield from co-captain Meg Edwards '10, co-captain Meg Guay '10, and Kate Laxson '13. Each provided several dangerous services into the center midfielders and the forwards, and all were unlucky not to find the back of the net. Mari Crommett '11 and Emily Moos '12 helped the Mules control possession in the midfield, winning several tough 50/50 balls and also having a few shots on goal themselves.
Reigning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) player of the week Loni Pisani '11 made five saves in net for the Mules, and has proven to be an absolute force this year in making 18 saves in two NESCAC games thus far to put her amongst the league leaders.
In spite of the setback this past weekend, Bohonnon likes the direction the team is heading. "As long as we keep working hard and stay focused great things will come," she said. "The focus is there. Now it's just the execution."
The Mules will look to build on their early season successes as they travel to meet the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday, September 23, and then face first ranked in New England and third ranked in the nation Williams College on Saturday, September 26, at home. Thus far, Farmington has accumulated a 2-3 record this season. This game should be a good opportunity for the Mules to find their shooting touch, as they should be able to dictate the pace of the game and maintain much of the possession as well. Despite having not played any common opponents yet, on paper Colby holds the edge overall, having knocked off the Beavers 3-0 in Waterville last season after logging a 2-0 victory the previous year.