MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s soccer team continues Southern Conference play with a Thursday evening bout against Georgia Southern at Patriots Point. The Cougars and Eagles will kick off the pivotal match at 7 p.m. with identical SoCon records.
KICKING OFF THE COUGARS…
After an impressive opening-weekend sweep to start SoCon play, the Cougars had a tougher run of play this past losses and dropped a pair of results to UNC Greensboro and Elon.
Against UNCG, Sarah Cardamone (Downingtown, Pa.) scored her team-high third goal of the season when she headed home a corner kick sent in by Maryam Buazza (Katy, Texas) to equalize the match at 1-1 late in the first half, but UNCG’s 93rd-minute mark proved to be the decider in CofC’s 2-1 overtime loss.
CofC then turned around to face Elon on Sunday afternoon and got off to a bit of a sluggish start in falling behind 2-0. The Cougars would intensify their efforts later in the match, but the effort would ultimately come up short.
CofC, now 3-8-0 (2-2-0 SoCon), has gotten goals out of seven different players led by Cardamone with three. Cardamone also leads the Cougars in assists with four.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES…
Georgia Southern comes into the match having alternated wins and losses in its last four contests. GSU got six matches into its season before registering a loss, but have since gone 2-3-1 as the competition has stiffened.
In a pair of road matches last weekend, the Eagles (6-3-3, 2-2-0 SoCon) opened with a 1-0 loss at Appalachian State on Friday night, but regrouped in order to take down Western Carolina by a 2-1 count on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Murphy and Sydnie Van Curen scored goals for the Eagles who came from behind in the second half to beat the Catamounts.
Van Curen leads the Eagles with five goals this season and is one of five multi-goal scorer so far this season.
Katie Merson has been relied on in goal all season and has a .857 save percentage and a 0.71 goals-against average which rank first and second in the SoCon, respectively.
The Cougars control a 10-8-1 advantage in this all-time series which dates back to 1993. GSU controlled the early years, claiming eight of nine over the upstart Cougars, but CofC has reversed that by going 9-0-1 in the past 10 years.
Last season, Haley Hutchens (Irmo, S.C.) scored the game winner in a 2-1 road victory over the Eagles.
The last time the teams met at Patriots Point, it was Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.) who netted the game winner as CofC claimed the 2-0 result.
The Cougars are in their home-away split weekend so will have to take to the road for a Sunday, Oct. 6 match at Davidson. Play is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.