Women's soccer headed to NESCAC playoffs after edging Colby
The Hamilton College women’s soccer team clinched their 13th postseason appearance in the last 16 seasons, beating visiting Colby 2-1 in a NESCAC game Saturday at Love Field.
With the win Hamilton claims a spot in the eight-team NESCAC Championship. The Continentals (6-5-3, 3-4-3 NESCAC) will earn either the seventh or eighth seed; they’ll play a quarterfinal game at either top-seeded Williams or the tournament’s second seed on Saturday.
Darby Philbrick ’18 broke the tie, scoring her seventh career goal in the 81st minute. Philbrick’s game winner came after a cross that was initially handled by Colby goalkeeper Samantha Rizzo but found its way to Philbrick at the right post. The goal was her fifth of the season, tying her for the team lead.
The Continentals held Colby (4-9-1, 0-8-1) without a shot the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Hamilton took a lead midway through the first period when Katie Kreider ’18 headed in a long pass from Bea Blackwell '17. Rizzo, who made three saves, was able to get a hand on Kreider’s shot but couldn’t keep it out of the net.
The Mules started the second half with the ball and turned that possession into the tying goal. Sami Turbeville took a long pass down the right side, slipped inside a Hamilton defender and fed Catherine Fraser in the box; Fraser put her shot just inside the right post for her second goal of the season.
Colby nearly took the lead in the 78th minute when Emily Renkey hit the post with a shot from close range and the rebound was collected by Fraser, who had a shot blocked.
Rachel Cooley ’18 made a pair of saves for the Continentals, who outshot the visitors 14-7.
The Continentals, who’ll be making their third trip to the NESCAC playoffs in the past five seasons, have lost just once since Sept. 20, going 6-1-2 in that span.
Hamilton concludes the regular season Wednesday, hosting SUNY Oswego in a 3:30 p.m. non-league game.