Men's soccer drops tough game in season opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's soccer team suffered the toughest of losses in a 1-0 setback to St. Joseph's College in non-conference play in the season opener for the Mules at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.


Jackson Taylor (Gorham, Maine) scored with just 4.7 seconds left in the game for the lone goal of the contest for St. Joseph's.
 
The Monks improve to 1-1-1 overall, while the Mules lose their home opener and drop to 0-1.
The winning goal by Taylor started when St. Joseph's earned a corner kick from the right side with about 30 seconds to play. Jesse Ramirez took his time and booted the corner with about 13 seconds left. The corner was banged around and a loose ball came to Taylor just inside the 18-yard line. His shot appeared to hit a Colby defender, hit the inside of the right post, and went into the goal.
Taylor, a first-year, scored his first collegiate goal after entering the game with about three minutes to play.
St. Joseph's had a 9-8 edge in shots and had all seven of its corner kicks in the second half. The Mules had five corner kicks and had a 3-0 margin in the category in the first half.
There were two solid scoring chances in the final 18 minutes before Taylor's goal. Nicholas Borowski (Webster, Mass.) had a hard shot with about 18 minutes to play that forced Colby goalkeeper Avery Gibson (Natick, Mass.) to make a diving stop to his right. Colby's best chance came with about seven minutes to play when Aidan Black (Cumberland Center, Maine) broke free on the right side and slipped a shot past Monk goalkeeper Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.), but the ball just went wide left.
Mullen had to make just one save to earn the shutout, while Gibson stopped three shots for Colby.