Women's soccer defeats UNE, falls to Middlebury
Coming off a solid win over Connecticut College in their season opener at home, the women’s soccer team prolonged its success with a 2-1 victory on the road against the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The Mules’ record marks the first time since 2005 in which the women have begun the season with two consecutive victories (with at least one as a league contest).
UNE’s Katy Marshall notched the first goal of the game with a header off of a free kick taken by her teammate Nicole Faircloth. Although rattled, the Mules demonstrated their resilience with a goal of their own just one minute and 43 seconds later. Knocking the ball past UNE’s goalkeeper, Cami Notaro ’15 tallied her first collegiate goal off of a ball played to the outside by Annie Papadellis ’14. In the second half of play, defender Grace Dickinson ’14 earned an assist with a cross sent from the right wing to Emily Anderson ’14 for the game-winning goal. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Emily Brook ’15 saved five shots during the contest.
Pleased with the result, Colby head coach Jen Holsten said, “It was a good win for us. It was a night game, mid-week. They had already had a number of games under their belt, and they were unbeaten with some large scores. We got a little unnerved when they scored first, but I was happy that we came back quickly.”
Unfortunately, the Mules’ winning streak ended at home on Saturday, Sept. 17, as the women lost 4-0 to a strong Middlebury team. Although the Colby women had an advantage in corner kicks, the team was unable to capitalize on its offensive opportunities. Overall, the Panthers outshot the Mules by a tally of 24-11, and Middlebury’s Scarlett Kirk recorded a hat trick in the match.
In the coming week, the Mules will face off against Husson College (Sept. 21), Tufts University (Sept. 24) and the University of Maine at Farmington (Sept. 27) in three consecutive home games. Looking to rebound off of their first loss, the women are certain to come out strong.