BANGOR — The Colby College men’s soccer team had scored just two goals through its first three games.
But the Mules erupted on Tuesday at the expense of the Husson University Eagles.
Freshman Nate Tolman from Scarborough scored his first two collegiate goals, Andrew Meisel had three assists and Colby went on to post an impressive 6-2 triumph at Boucher Field.
Colby built a 3-0 first-half lead on goals by Nick Aubin and Tolman after the opening goal was accidentally directed into the Husson net by the foot of the Eagles’ Tyler Metevier.
Abdijabar Hersi pulled one back for Husson midway through the second half, but Matias Rodlauer answered just 1:03 later.
Tolman made it 5-1 before Husson’s Greg Dawson converted a free kick from just outside the box and Chris Roccotagliata capped the scoring.
Colby (3-1) attempted 39 shots to 10 by Husson (1-5).
The score could have been even more lopsided if it wasn’t for the goalkeeping of Husson’s Mason Smith, who finished with 15 saves, including a half-dozen gems.
“I thought we moved the ball well and that was the big thing,” said Colby coach Mark Serdjenian. “We came out crisp and played a particularly good first half. And then everyone got to play, which is nice.”
“We played pretty well,” concurred sophomore midfielder Aubin. “We attacked well and played very well defensively.”
Husson coach Jeff Gettler was disappointed.
“At every position across the field, Colby was bright and sharp,” said Gettler. “Colby looked fabulous. Having said that, I think we had a lot to do with it because we just didn’t come to play. So in the second half, I started some guys who had never played college soccer before.”
“They outplayed us all over the field,” said Husson junior midfielder and captain Alex Martin.
Colby took a 1-0 lead 14:20 into the game when Aubin’s throw-in from the left sidelines was skimmed across the goalmouth by the head of Ben Desmond onto the foot of Metevier and into the net.
Aubin made it 2-0 just 1:37 later when he was sent in on Smith by Peter Randall. Smith came sliding out on his side to try to smother the shot.
“I kept running through it and I kind of tackled it away from (Smith) and it happened to bounce in,” said Aubin.
“I tried to come out and get it and it bounced off my thigh. When (Aubin) jumped over me to protect himself, the ball popped right up into his feet,” said Smith.
The Mules continued to exploit Husson’s youthful back line with probing through balls and crosses.
Tolman made it 3-0 with 1:45 left in the half when Meisel threaded a precise pass through to him and he converted in a one-on-one with Smith after breaking through the defense.
“I used my left foot and put it to the goalie’s right,” said Tolman.
Husson’s Hersi gave the Eagles some temporary life when Brian Loiselle maneuvered neatly along the end line before his cross deflected across the goal where Hersi directed it in.
But Rodlauer iced it with a far post run and a tap-in off a picture-perfect cross by Donny MacMaster.
Rodlauer set up Tolman for his second goal to make it 5-1.
“We lost our marks, they got people free and they slipped through our defense. Our ‘keeper had to face way too many one-on-ones,” said Husson back Ethan Qualey.
John Gardner made two saves for Colby before Josh Richards finished up.