Ephs Drop Hard-Fought Match at Colby

Mohammed Rashid '16
Mohammed Rashid '16

Ephs Lose Gritty Match Against Colby, 2-1 in 2OT

Waterville, ME- For the first time in 19 games, the Williams men's soccer (2-2/1-1 NESCAC) team lost to Colby (2-2/1-1 NESCAC). It was a thrilling match that was not decided until the 110th minute.

With just 31 seconds to play in the second overtime period, Colby's senior leader and captain Tim Stanton headed in a corner kick on a well-placed ball from fellow captain Dan Vogel to end the game with a dramatic flourish.

Prior to today the Ephs had compiled a record of 17-0-1 against Colby since their series with the Mules began in 1990.
The Ephs started the game off strong, penetrating the Colby defense early and often for some great attacking chances, culminating just before the half in a beautiful Mohamed Rashid strike off a feed from Brandon Dory in the 44th minute to put Williams up a goal going into the locker room.
However, Colby was not about to lie down and surrender to Williams.
As the second half progressed, the Ephs started to make defensive mistakes, and Colby capitalized, playing more fluidly and finding more open space, eventually resulting in a Jeff Rosenberg goal in the 78th minute to even the score.
At that point, the score showed an even match, but the momentum had undoubtedly shifted in favor of the Mules. Throughout the end of the second half and overtime, the Ephs showed signs of wear, hurting them and helping Colby greatly, leading to Stanton's game-winning goal in the final minute of play.
After the tough loss, Eph head coach Erin Sullivan was obviously disappointed, saying "We need to be mentally and physically stronger from one play to the next, which will lead to more complete performances."
Next up for the Ephs is a game at defending NESCAC champion Bowdoin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m., while Colby will host Connecticut College in a 2:30 p.m. contest.