Women's soccer gets non-league win, NESCAC tie
Colby's women's soccer team moved to 1-0-2 after Saturday's 2-2 tie against Wesleyan University. Earlier in the week, the Mules defeated the University of New England 1-0 on a goal by first-year midfielder Carly Dee.
At home against UNE on September 14, the Mules went ahead 1-0 with just 2:43 left in the game on Dee's first collegiate goal. With the clock winding down, Kate Pistel '13 crossed a ball in from the left side. The ball skipped past the UNE goaltender before reaching Dee, who volleyed it in for the lead.
With Dee's goal and sophomore Jayde Bennett's stellar goalkeeping, the Mules collected their first victory of the season. After Tuesday's game, Bennett had begun her collegiate career with two consecutive shutouts and was named last week's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer co-player of the week.
On Saturday, Colby hosted the Wesleyan Cardinals for their NESCAC home opener. Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead just 3:30 into the game, but Colby managed to tie it before halftime on first-year Alex Yorke's first collegiate goal. "There were a lot of defenders in front of the net and I was completely expecting the shot to deflect, but then the ball went right under the goalie. We had started to get our flow and dominate the game, and I'm just glad I could capitalize on an opportunity! It was pretty exciting," said Yorke.
Although Wesleyan dictated much of the play in the first half, Dee noted that in the second half Colby gained "more control of the game and started gelling as a team. [Wesleyan] had less control." The two teams went back and forth throughout the half before Colby's Emily Moos '12 scored on an assist from Dee with just 2:30 left in regulation. Colby had seemingly clinched the game, but Wesleyan was able to tie things up 2-2 just 20 seconds later and send the game into overtime.
Wesleyan controlled most of the two overtime periods, nearly scoring with just 30 seconds left. A shot beat Colby's Bennett, but deflected off the left post. Both teams settled for a tie and one point in the NESCAC standings. Colby and Wesleyan are currently tied for seventh place in the NESCAC with two points. Amherst leads with seven points.
Dee added later that she's excited about the fact that the team seems to be working well together. "Our team has a lot of depth—our coach said that over 20 players actually played in the game," she said.
Colby will now face Bowdoin at home on Tuesday, September 21. Kat McCarrick '13 added that "our game against Bowdoin on Tuesday is huge and we're all really focused and excited to play them, after we beat them last year for the first time ever in Colby soccer history."
After facing Bowdoin, the team will travel to Williamstown, Mass. to face Williams College on Saturday, September 25.