WILLIAMSBURG, VA October 18, 2013 – The College of Charleston women’s soccer team fell, 5-1, at William and Mary in Colonial Athletic Association action on Friday evening.
CofC (2-12, 0-5 CAA) got a late goal out of Michaela Herrmann (Centennial, Colo.), the sophomore’s second of the season, but not before the Tribe netted five of their own and put the game out of reach. William and Mary (8-1-4, 5-0 CAA) remained unbeaten at the top of the league.
“Despite the outcome, it was a close game with both teams playing well and creating chances,” said head coach Christian Michner. “We came out of the second half raring to go. We kept possession well and threatened them, and then they got a break the first time they got the ball in the other half. After that we were fighting uphill.
“They’re a very good team. Historically, they’re consistently a top-25, top-30 program. They’re first in the league for a reason – they’re good in all areas. When it’s on the line, they’ve got that soccer sense about them and are in the right spots. They don’t watch the game go by; we got caught watching on a couple of occasions.”
After the Cougars weathered a 9-1 shot disadvantage over the first 30 minutes, the Tribe finally broke through when Cougar keeper Lauren Killian (Blythewood, S.C.) made a save on a shot by Barbara Platenberg but was unable to control the rebound, and Dani Rutter collected the loose ball and scored to the center of the net.
CofC matched the Tribe in shots for the remaining first half and went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
The Cougars came out of the break aggressively and took the first two shots of the second half on strikes by Francesca Kentimenos (Stony Point, N.Y.) and Sarah Blakely (Charleston, S.C.), but were undone by an unfortunate own goal committed in the 50th minute which gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead. Katie Johnston played a cross through the box which was deflected by the CofC defense, but the ball took a fortuitous Tribe bounce and caromed into the back of the net.
Nicole Baxter and Emory Camper scored two goals in rapid succession around the 60th minute to stretch the lead to four goals, and Camper struck again in the 69th minute to make it a 5-0 game.
Herrmann put the Cougars on the board in the 82nd minute when she collected a ball which Tribe goalkeeper Caroline Casey had attempted to punch out and opportunistically found the top right corner of the net, but the clock would ultimately wind down on the Cougars.
CofC continues the CAA road swing with a game at James Madison on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.