Men's soccer gets non-league win
The Colby men's soccer team split their two matches this past week. The Mules earned a victory in their home opener in the midweek game over the Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) but lost their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) home opener on Saturday. The week's action brings Colby's record to 2-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league play.
The team's midweek win against MMA kept the dream of an undefeated season alive. Colby was out for revenge after drawing a 0-0 tie last year. In last year's game, the Mules had almost 50 shots without scoring a goal. This time, thanks to Peter Randall '12's first goal of the season late in the first half, Colby took home the victory. Nick Aubin '13, a starting forward for the Mules, found Randall on a cross. Randall collected the ball and slid it underneath a charging Mariner goalie. Aubin has made the assist on both of the team's goals this season.
John Gardner '12 stopped both of the shots that came his way and earned his second shutout of the season. Andrew Meisel '13 led Colby's offense with nine shots.
The crowds were out for the weekend game against NESCAC rival Wesleyan. The Mules dropped two games to the Cardinals last year by a combined score of 9-1, with one of the losses coming in the NESCAC tournament quarterfinal.
The afternoon started off on the wrong foot, with a Wesleyan goal in the seventh minute. After the initial defensive lapse, the Mules tightened up on defense. Gardner only needed to make four saves during the rest of the game. The Mules only had two shots on net the whole game and had trouble connecting in the offensive third of the field.
After three games, Randall leads the team with a .143 shot percentage and captain Nate Seiberling '11 is just behind with a .166 shot percentage. Colby has had trouble finishing and will look to improve their accuracy and creativity in the offensive end.
The Mules will play two more games this week. Both will take place away from home, starting with a Tuesday game at Husson followed by a Saturday game at Williams. Colby beat Husson last year, but dropped the league game to the Ephs.