Wild win for women's soccer, 4-3
Samantha Merriweather '12 crosses a ball into the box Saturday against Bates.
Now that's how you end a season. On Saturday, the Colby women's soccer team hosted Bates College to close out the season, and the game could not have started out worse. After falling behind 3-0 in the early going, Colby rallied in the second half to pull off a dramatic 4-3 win.
Early in the first half, a Colby defender deflected the ball into her own net off of Bates' Jaimie Cappucci's header just five minutes into the game. Cappucci then put Bates up 2-0 10 minutes later by beating goalkeeper Loni Pisani '11. Cappucci continued to terrorize the Colby defense by assisting on the third Bates goal at the 19th minute. Down 3-0 just 20 minutes into the last game of the year, Colby needed to turn it around quickly.
Two minutes into the second half, Marissa Simmons '12 started Colby's comeback off an Alex Yorke '14 assist. Colby then pulled within one 10 minutes later through Samantha Merriweather '12. The goal came on a header from a Su-Lin Del Guercio '11 corner kick. Colby had 32 minutes to tie the game. It took less than six. Merriweather scored her second goal of the half unassisted to complete one of Colby's best comebacks in recent memory.
Neither Colby nor Bates was able to score again in the half and the game went into overtime. The first overtime wasn't enough to separate the two teams either. With just six minutes left in the second overtime, Kate Pistel '14 intercepted a pass, dribbled past two Bates defenders and passed the ball to Simmons 25 yards from the goal. Simmons skillfully shot the ball over the Bates' keeper's hands into the upper right corner for the game-winner. The golden goal cemented the comeback and gave Colby the 4-3 victory.
In this match, Colby showed its greatest strengths in the team's heart and strong mentality. The team was unlucky, fell behind quickly, fought hard and provided a fantastic spectacle for the Mules' fans. It was also symbolic of the season in which Colby repeatedly followed setbacks with strong performances.
Another of Colby's great strengths was on display against Bates as goalie Jayde Bennett '13 made four saves and didn't give up any goals in her 45 minutes of play.
While Colby did not qualify for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs this year, they had a season of which to be proud. They finished with a record 5-6-3, showing great resilience and skill. The youth of the team provides hope for the years to come.
As the season comes to a close, great luck is wished to all of the seniors as well as great thanks. Thanks for all the hard work you have put in for the team, as well as a fantastic finale against Bates.