WATERVILLE, Maine – Sophomore Laura Arnold (Dallas, Texas/Greenhill School) scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the Colby College Mules to a 3-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday afternoon.
The win is the second straight for the Mules improving their record to 3-3-1. Southern Maine, having played five of its last six games on the road, drops its second straight game to fall to 3-5 on the season.
The Mules took an early 1-0 lead as sophomore Ally Ingraham (Morris Plains, N.J./Villa Walsh Academy) struck for a goal in the sixth minute. Arnold who had the ball on the right end line centered the ball to Ingraham for the game-winner. Despite Colby outshooting the Huskies 7-1 in the first half, the game remained 1-0 at the halftime break.
Colby wasted little time doubling its advantage in the second half as Arnold scored the first her two goals in a five-minute span. Arnold made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when she ran onto a well-placed ball from senior Lauren McCarthy (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield). Arnold then make it 3-0 in favor of the Mules, volleying in a cross from freshman Katrina Holt (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy) in the 56th minute. Arnold's second goal of the game was nearly saved by Huskies' senior goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) but the ball deflected off of the frame and bounced in for the goal.
Junior Ashley Conley (Walpole, Mass./Noble and Greenough) earned the shutout for Colby making one save in 75:10 of action. Sophomore Nora Hanson (San Francisco, Calif./Urban School of San Francisco) closed out the final 14:50 of the game for the Mules. Hanson did not face a shot. Temple made seven saves for the Huskies in the loss. Colby led USM 19-1 in shots (10-1 on goal).
Southern Maine remains on the road for its next contest when it faces Plymouth State in a Little East Conference game on Saturday (2:30 p.m.). Colby travels to Middlebury for a NESCAC contest on Saturday (11:00 a.m.).