Women's soccer opens new field with victory over Husson

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.
 
"Today showed a lot of grit from this group. We gave up an early goal completely against the run of play and found ourselves chasing the game the entire first half," Colby head coach Kristin Shaw said. "Our second-half response was fantastic defensively and we scored four quality goals. This was a great test for us to experience and overcome." 
 
Game highlights
* 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.
 
By the numbers
* 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.
 
Next on the schedule
* Colby plays another non-conference game Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. start at Thomas College (0-3 overall).
 
* Husson (1-2 overall) plays host to University of New England on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
 
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