MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team battled Wofford for 110 minutes to a scoreless tie on a chilly Tuesday night at Patriots Point. The Cougars outshot the Terriers and created a wealth of chances but ultimately left them empty in the 0-0 draw.
With the tie, the Cougars (8-9-1, 4-2-1 SoCon) assume the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament. CofC will host sixth-seeded Appalachian State in the opening-round quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Cougars and Mountaineers kick off from 2 p.m. at Patriots Point.
“Well the reason we couldn’t score was the last pass, or the quality of the shot – we weren’t on frame enough,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “We took 24 shots and only put three on frame. Some of them were hammered with quality, some of them were close, but it doesn’t matter. We needed the shot to be more accurate.
“I was happy with the way we played. We were vigorous defensively and attacked a great deal – in a lot of different ways. I was happy with everything except our finishing.”
Both sides appeared tentative in the opening period which was largely contained in the middle third of the field. The teams grew increasingly more attack oriented in the second and overtime periods and CofC looked to dictate the pace of play.
CofC keeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands) made five saves on the net several of which came in rapid succession immediately after the start of the second half.
After the Cougars weathered Wofford’s attack for the first 10 minutes of the second half, they took the upper hand and created several scoring opportunities but to no avail.
Seniors Ralphie Lundy (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) and Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) evenly accounted for 12 of CofC’s 24 shot attempts on their Senior Night. The Cougars commemorated nine other seniors for the occasion, each of whom have left an indelible mark on the College of Charleston and the men’s soccer program.
The Cougars created a season-high 12 corner kicks but were unable to make constructive use of them, due perhaps to the blustery winds affecting the services into the box.
The Cougars now shift their focus to Saturday’s tournament game against Appalachian State, a rematch of a match CofC claimed, 3-0, at Patriots Point on Oct. 6.
The tournament semifinals and championship will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Nov. 8 and 10, respectively, with the championship game being broadcast on ESPN3.