Charleston women’s soccer eliminated from postseason contention with two weekend losses

Charleston women’s soccer eliminated from postseason contention with two weekend losses

Charleston women's soccer was eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday afternoon. Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

Charleston women’s soccer was eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

The College of Charleston women’s soccer team continued to struggle over the weekend, getting blown out by Hofstra, 5-0, on Friday night and losing to Northeastern, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon, which eliminated the Cougars from CAA postseason contention.

Hofstra entered Friday’s game coming off two victories over Northeastern and Towson, in which they allowed just one shot on goal.  They dominated time of possession Friday against Charleston, keeping the play in the Cougars’ half and forcing mistakes.

Leah Galton led the high powered Hofstra attack, as she had her hand in two goals in the opening 10 minutes. In the fourth minute, Galton flicked the ball to Amber Stobbs, who netted a back heeled shot in spectacular fashion. Just two minutes later, Galton scored on an unassisted breakaway to push the Pride’s lead to 2-0.

The Cougars nearly cut their deficit in the 25th minute, in what turned out to be the best chance of their night. Mary Kate Bowers created space for herself just outside the box, launching a shot beyond the keeper, but off the crossbar.

Hofstra came out aggressive again in the second half and they cashed in on their numerous opportunities. In the 52nd minute, the CAA’s leading goal scorer, Sam Scolarici, tallied her 14th goal of the season. In the 56th minute, Scolarici found Jeannine Molleda for Hofstra’s fourth goal.

The Cougars tried a goalkeeper swap, putting in senior keeper Taylor Avery, but succumbed a fifth and final goal of the night soon after.

“Hofstra is the best team we have played so far, I’d say. They get to goal and anticipate the play; they’re not always waiting to see what happens. My team was just second best on the night in almost every category. We didn’t get to the ball enough. We didn’t challenge them enough. We didn’t create enough opportunities,” head coach Christian Michner said after the game.

After the blowout loss on Friday, the Cougars faced a Northeastern team who entered the game tied for first in the CAA, boasting one of the best defenses in the country. Northeastern has allowed the fewest goals in the nation, having conceded just four goals to date.

The Huskies’ goalkeeper Paige Burnett collected her 13th “clean sheet,” as her defense held the Cougars to just two shots in the entire game, showing how strong the Northeastern back line is.

Though Charleston held the Huskies scoreless in the first half, Northeastern was the better team in the first half. The Cougars lone shot on net was from well outside the box from Sarah Cardamone, with no success.

In the beginning of the second half, after Charleston nearly scored, Northeastern broke through with a 62nd minute goal, as Lahaina Zoller played in a serve to Krista Meaglia, who one-timed it for the 1-0 lead.

In the 71st minute, Northeastern doubled their lead when Kayla Cappuzzo fired a volley past Killian. To add insult to injury in the 90th minute, Northeastern’s Taylor Caparo made a run from the left corner into the box, flicking it along the end line to the near post, where Shayna Blackwood headed it home from an unlikely angle.

“Hats off to Northeastern for coming in as a very good team which was well coached and moved the ball very well,” said Michner. “We knew we had our work cut out for us today, but I couldn’t be more proud of my girls for their effort. I thought we could’ve held the ball better in our attacking areas, but that’s the way it bounces.”

Sunday’s loss pushes the Cougars goalless streak to 5 games (0-4-1).

The lady Cougars will next take the field on Wednesday for a makeup game at South Carolina State, before returning home to close CAA play on senior day against UNC Wilmington next Sunday afternoon.

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Authored by: Sam Oleksak

On a cold January evening in the winter of 2004, Sam Oleksak realized his dream. As a mere fourth grader, he had the chance to announce a high school basketball game for his hometown television station. In the hopes of one day becoming a sports pundit, Sam began at Cisternyard News in Fall 2014. He now serves as the Sports Editor on staff and also makes frequent appearances on Cisternyard Radio.

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