Women's soccer runs record to 4-4
The women’s soccer team scored first in matches against Trinity and Wesleyan, but the Mules were unable to hold on and suffered two tough losses.
This past week, the Colby women’s soccer team triumphed over the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) before suffering two painful losses over a span of two days to Trinity College and Wesleyan University. At the conclusion of these three matches, the women’s record moved to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
In the game against UMF on Sept. 27, both teams started off slow, and the match remained scoreless at halftime. Finally, 13 minutes into the second half of play, Cami Notaro ’15 knocked a low shot by UMF’s keeper, Crystal Johnson, to bring the score to 1-0. The second goal of the match came with about 20 minutes remaining in the second half. Maddie Tight ’15 stole the ball from a UMF player before executing a perfect cross to Marissa Simmons ’12, who placed the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the season. In total, the Mules recorded a 30-6 shot advantage and goalkeeper Emily Brook ’15 blocked four shots.
The weekend following the shutout against UMF, Trinity stymied the Mules’ confidence in a match on Oct. 1. With less than a minute left in the match, Bantams player Shawna Altdorf brought the game into extra minutes with a desperation goal before scoring for a second time nine minutes into overtime to secure the victory for Trinity. Colby’s goal, scored by Tight in the 29th minute of the match, came off of an assist from senior captain Emily Moos.
The next day proved to be just as unlucky for the Mules. Although senior Nikki Pickering came out of the gate running with two goals within the first eight minutes of play, the Wesleyan women responded with four goals of their own to bring the final tally to 4-2. Pickering scored her first goal on a chip shot off of a pass from Kate Laxson ’13, and her second goal off of assists credited to both Laxson and Simmons. Over the course of the next 10 minutes, Wesleyan reversed its fate and brought the game to a tied 2-2 score with goals from Hannah Stone and Kerry Doyle. Wesleyan’s last two goals occurred in the second half of play and brought their shot advantage to 26-13 overall.
This week, the Mules will face off against local rival Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine on Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.