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Oliveira nets first goal of season in loss to Jumbos

MEDFORD, Mass. – Colby women's soccer took on the Tufts Jumbos for their first game of a two-day, conference road trip. Colby was coming off of a 2-0 win last weekend against Trinity, while Tufts was riding a three game win streak but had lost its first conference game of the season to Williams.

The Jumbos offense continued to roll at the start of the game, scoring first amidst a relentless barrage of shots in the opening half. Tufts peppered 18 shots towards Colby keeper Dani Lonati in the first half, including nine on goal, while Colby could only manage one. Lonati stood strong and kept the Mules in the game, allowing only two goals. Colby's offense, meanwhile, made their opportunities count. Sofia Oliveira buried her first goal of the season on the team's only first half shot to tie the game at one goal apiece. While the Mules would fall behind again only 24 seconds later, strong play from Lonati and aggressive defense kept the team in the game.

Colby adjusted in the second half, generating more offense and slowing the Jumbos down. The team's pressure would not be enough, however, as the Mules could not find the net on any of their four second half shots. Shannon Gray continued her stingy goalkeeping, allowing one goal and making five saves. Ultimately, the Jumbos carried their 3-1 lead to the final whistle, winning their first conference game of the season.

Colby moves to 1-1-1 in conference play and 2-2-1 overall. The Mules plays at Wesleyan tomorrow, where they will face a Cardinals team that just knocked off Bowdoin College 2-1.