The College of Charleston’s men’s soccer team proved victorious after two big wins this past weekend that earned the Cougars the title in the Furman Diadora/Spinx Invitational in Greenville, S.C. They posted a 4-1 win over Winthrop on Friday and a 2-1 win over UNC Asheville on Sunday.
Thirty-two minutes into the first half against Winthrop, freshman Troy Peterson scored his first CofC career goal that gave Charleston a 1-0 advantage. But the Winthrop Eagles tied the game with just a minute remaining in the first half.
Tension rose as the score remained stagnant 35 minutes into the second half. After gaining control of the ball, Peterson was able to score again, pushing the Cougars into a 2-1 lead. With less than 10 minutes to go, the Cougars (3-1-1) were able to power through and knock in two more goals against the Eagles.
After some helpful passing from Joey De Mare and Tony Kattreh, sophomore Andy Craven scored the third goal of the night. Seconds later, with an assist from Craven, Kattreh scored the fourth and final goal of the game, leaving Winthrop with its first loss of the season.
“I think we can take a lot of positives out of today’s match,” said acting head coach Troy Lesesne. “I was glad to see us create more opportunities out of our possession and to finish a few chances is always nice.”
The Cougars were able to claw out a tough win against UNC Asheville on Sunday. Craven scored his fourth goal of the season 18 minutes into the game. The Cougars held the one-goal advantage into the second half until the Bulldogs tied up the score in the 55th minute.
The 1-1 tie led into double overtime, until Francis Twohig found Sean de Silva
with a pass and de Silva headed the ball for the game-winning shot.
“Luckily we were able to score a great goal by Sean de Silva at the end on a clever ball from Frannie Twohig,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “Overall we played well in stretches, but have to be more consistent in order to get to the level we are capable of achieving.”
Goalie Kees Heemskerk continued to thrive and proved just how valuable he is to the Cougars. He made four saves in each game to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Along with Heemskerk, CofC players Shawn Ferguson, Craven and Kattreh made the all-tournament team.
The Cougars continue their season this weekend in Denver, where they will face the Air Force Academy on Friday, and Denver on Sunday.