Waterville, Maine - The penalty kick goal by Olivia Greif (Needham, Mass.) 2:48 into play ended up being all the Colby Women's Soccer team would need on their way to a 2-0 win over the visiting Bantams of Trinity College. The win moves Colby to 2-1-1 (1-1 in NESCAC), while Trinity falls to 1-3 (0-1 in NESCAC).
Early pressure on net and tremendous defense seem to be a theme for the 2019 Mules. Greif's first goal less than three minutes in was followed up almost exactly 10 minutes later by another goal from the junior forward, this time on a corner by sophomore Juliette Nadeau. She has now scored all four of the Mules' goals this season. Specifically when asked about the early season play of Greif, Head Coach Kristin Shaw said "right now she's playing on another planet. She's poised, confident, and determined to help our team be successful."
While the individual accomplishments speak loudly in the box score, Coach Shaw brings the focus back to the feats of the entire unit. "It is tough earning points in this conference. This group today did a fantastic job of finishing early opportunities and managing moments to keep a good opponent from getting back into the game."
Dani Lonati and Shannon Gray repeated their combined shutout from earlier in the week against Bowdoin, splitting time and combining for 13 saves. Combined with the 0-0 tie from Tuesday, the two keepers have 24 saves and have allowed zero goals in the last two games. "These two are showing up in support of possession to be a backpass and relieve pressure," said Shaw. "They both did a phenomenal job of managing the game."
The Mules next play on the road next Saturday when they visit the Jumbos of Tufts University.
(Photos courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)