WILLIAMSBURG, VA October 5, 2013 – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, at William and Mary in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday night.
CofC (2-7, 0-2 CAA) proved an ability to possess and string passes together, but lacked the finishing ability in the attacking third of the field.
“We’re disappointed with the result but William and Mary is an excellent team,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “I’m disappointed for my players because they fought hard and played with intensity. We just didn’t get one, and they did.”
Both teams enjoyed spells of possession in the first half but the Tribe was the more attack-oriented side and produced a 14-4 shot advantage in the opening period.
The Cougar defense had a bend but don’t break mentality and weathered the Tribe attack until late in the first half when Chris Perez made a lateral run in front of the Cougar back line to the center of the pitch where he chipped in a high-arching shot from around 25 yards in the 40th minute.
The Cougars leveled the playing field in the second half and continued creating chances at the equalizer but were thwarted at each pass.
Adan Noel paced the offensive effort with four shot attempts, three of which were on target.
Alex Young (Greenville, S.C.) was impressive in goal and made five saves, several of which were acrobatic maneuvers in splendid 11th-hour defending.
The Cougars created nine corner kick opportunities, four of which came in rapid secession in a two-minute window in the first half.
William and Mary came into the match receiving votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, checking in at No. 29. Additionally, they were ranked No. 5 in the NCAA RPI rankings.
CofC breaks from CAA play to host No. 19 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, October 8 at Patriots Point. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.