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Women's soccer opens season with victory over Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior forward Catherine Fraser had a collegiate-high five points on the day with three goals and two assists and first-year Juliette Nadeau scored twice and dished an assist in Colby College's season-opening 8-0 win over Thomas College in non-conference women's soccer Wednesday.
"Today was a great way to begin our 2018 season. We were lively on and off the ball, finished our chances, and had positive contributions by players all over the field," Colby head coach Kristin Shaw said. "Our group is motivated and eager to get back at it tomorrow to begin to prepare for our NESCAC opener on Saturday against a tough opponent." 
Fraser (pictured) scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 10:08 of the first half when she took a pass from Charlotte White and ripped a 20-yard blast into the upper right corner of the net. White had her first collegiate assist.
Fraser returned the favor just 2:39 later when her cross from the right side was headed in by White to the left corner for her first collegiate score. Fraser made it 3-0 when she stole a pass back to the goalkeeper from a defender and scored into a wide open net at 18:45.
"Catherine Fraser was special today," Shaw said. "She set the tone with her first goal and the gang fed off of her energy and attacking attitude." 
Hannah Brozdowski put the Mules (1-0 overall) up 4-0 at 28:48 on Fraser's second assist of the night. With 10:34 left to halftime, Nadeau scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from Elizabeth Barry. The Mules took a 6-0 halftime lead when Olivia Greif scored off a dish from Nadeau.
Nadeau scored her second of the game on an 18-yard shot from the middle after taking a pass from Katherine Gillespie. Fraser closed out the scoring at 79:52 when she tapped in a shot after taking a pass from Greif on the right side.
Dani Lonati and Shannon Gray did not have to make a save to combine in goal for the shutout. The Mules had a 49-0 advantage in shots.
Kayla Gordon had a fine game in goal for Thomas (1-2 overall), stopping 21 shots.
The Mules play host to Tufts University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Photos by Ashley Conti