WATERVILLE, Maine — The opening of the new Colby Soccer Field could not have gone much better for the Colby College women’s soccer team after a 4-1 win against Husson University on Sunday.
The Mules (1-0-1 overall) capped a terrific weekend by playing the first-ever game on the new field. There was a good crowd for the contest and the weather was perfect for soccer. Colby opened the season Saturday with a 0-0 overtime tie at Tufts University.
Despite a 12-2 shot advantage in the first half, Colby trailed the Eagles 1-0 at intermission. The Mules’ Catherine Fraser hit the crossbar on a blast and teammate Kara Wilson hit the left goal post about three minutes later.
Colby first-years Sarah Lofstrom, Laura Ensminger, and Emily Demmon had the first three Mule goals and their first collegiate scores in a span of about 15 minutes of the second half.
Emily Martin set up Colby’s first goal at 53:45 when her blast off the crossbar went directly to Lofstrom, who headed the ball in the goal. Lofstrom had six shots in the game and was a dangerous player on the forward line.
The Mules continued to put pressure on and took the lead for good on Ensminger’s goal from fellow first-year Olivia Greif at 65:07. Greif pushed a short pass to Ensminger, who created her own space with a dribble and hit a low shot to the left corner of the goal.
Greif recorded her second assist just 3:33 later on Demmon’s goal. Greif was on the right side and took a hard hit from a defender when she passed the ball across the crease to Demmon for the score. Greif was down on the field for a few minutes after the score, but was able to walk to the sideline.
Fraser closed out the scoring when she won a loose ball and had a blast from about 30 yards go into the upper left corner of the net with 3:16 to play.
The first goal on the new field went to Husson’s Leah Hibbad, who scored just 3:19 into the contest. Taylor Fortin played a nice ball up the middle that Hibbad was able to get past Colby goalie Dani Lonati, who was charging out of the net.
The Mules had a 31-2 shot advantage and held the Eagles without a shot in the second half.
Lonati played the first half and first-year Shannon Gray played the final 45 minutes for Colby. Neither goalkeeper was credited with a save.
Husson goalkeeper Sami Ireland finished with 10 saves, including a nice diving stop in the first half to keep Colby off the scoreboard.