WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby women's soccer team began their season on the far side of Waterville against neighboring Thomas College. Weather pushed the start time back until 8:00 PM, and it wasn't until 10:45 PM that Olivia Greif netted a game-winning goal in overtime to send the Mules home victorious.
As the two teams took the field, lightning grew ever closer on building clouds, and a few close bolts halted the game just 20 minutes into play. Soon after, torrential rain, lightning, and wind cleared the field and stands completely. It was another 30 minutes before anyone braved the outdoors again.
When the game resumed, the Mules dominated possession, playing with crisp precision and practiced discipline despite the young season. Colby kept up relentless pressure, tallying 13 shots in the first half and allowing only one, but was not able to find the back of the net. Colby's stingy defense limited Thomas College's attack, and the half finished scoreless.
The second half saw more Colby pressure, at least when fog did not almost completely obscure the field. The Mules managed 21 shots to the Terriers' three, but again came up short, in large part due to inspired play by the Terriers' two goalkeepers.
The sky cleared as the scoreless game entered overtime. After just three minutes of play, the Mules finally broke through when Olivia Greif headed a pass from Kara Wilson into the upper left corner of the net. Greif had been a catalyst for the Mules' offense all night, totaling 10 shots, including the game-winning goal.
Head Coach Kristin Shaw thought her team handled the adversity and uncertainty of the game well, adding, "I'm really proud of this group and how they dealt with the weather delay and a very defensively organized opponent. They stayed true to our style of play and remained composed on the ball to finish a beautiful game-winning goal."
The Mules next play at home against Connecticut College on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00 AM EST.