Hartford, Conn. - A first half goal by Lucas Pereira (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) proved to be the difference as the Colby College Mules came away with a 1-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Saturday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer match in Hartford. The loss puts Trinity at 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the NESCAC while the Mules improve to 3-2-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in league play. Trinity returns to the pitch on Wednesday night for a non-conference matchup with Western New England at home.
Both sides played an even, back-and-forth affair with Pereira's goal coming as the game-winner during the 24th minute. Both teams tallied 13 total shots on the day as Bantam rookie goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) finished with seven saves in his first career start. Colby starting netminder Dan Carlson (Littleton, Mass.) improves to 3-2-1 on the year after making five saves in the victory.
Pereira's goal came after a scramble in front of Lyons midway through the first frame, thanks to a great hustle play by Kyle Douglas (Windsor, Conn.). Douglas fought through a wall of Trinity defenders and drew Lyons towards him before dropping a pass to Pereira who stuffed the ball past Lyons and a pair of Bantam backs for the 1-0 lead. Trinity managed eight shots in the first half but was unable to convert any of them into goals.
The second half saw plenty of action as well, as both teams had good opportunities to get on the board. Colby nearly made it a 2-0 advantage off of a corner in the 54th minute. Pereira got his head on the service, but Lyons was there to shut the door. The Bantams played the counter which led to senior tri-captain Will Baker (Los Angeles, Calif.) streaking downfield. Baker came flying towards net from the near-side post and sent a shot off his left foot towards net, but Colby defender Graham Pugh (Phoenixville, Pa.) made a great tackle to keep the shot away from Carlson.
With 31 minutes left to go, the Mules once again almost scored when Pereira and Asa Berolzheimer (Norwich, Vt.) fired back-to-back shots on goal off of another corner, but Lyons was there both times to make the save. On the other end of the field, Trinity had one of its best chances of the day when sophomore Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) played a ball into the box which found the head of Baker, but Baker's shot fell right into the arms of Carlson without harm. Trinity had one more good look at the equalizer in the 83rd minute when sophomore Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) fired a shot towards net, but once again Carlson got in the way and came up with the ball as the Mules held on for the shutout.