The College of Charleston women’s soccer team defeated South Carolina State (2-1) at Patriots Point Tuesday night.
Despite outshooting SC State 6-1 in the first half, the teams went into the half scoreless. Whatever was said in the locker room by Coach Michner was clearly taken to heart, as the team turned up the pressure on the attack out of the break.
In the 55th minute, the Cougars broke through as Riley Narum beat the keeper with a header off of a Mary Kate Bowers cross.
Bowers was not done, as just 12 minutes later Maddy Bill-Edwards fed Bowers to extend the lead to 2-1. The chance was spurred a run from the back by Brill-Edwards, the best of her many sharp runs down the wing on the night.
Although the Cougars conceded a goal late, on rebound from an 87th minute free kick, they were clearly the better of the two sides throughout.
“It was an evening where we created lots of chances to score and just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Charleston Head Coach Christian Michner said. “We let them hang around the whole match because we gave them some decent opportunities on restarts and free kicks. In the second half, we had a little more composure on the ball and we were able to get behind them, which opened the game up for us. I’m proud of the way we played and we will need to bring this aggressive style into the weekend.”
Looking ahead, the Cougars will wrap up non-conference play this weekend with two matchups against inter-city rivals. Friday they make the short trip to Charleston Southern (4 pm.), before returning to Patriots Point to face The Citadel on Sunday (1 pm.)
“It’s going to be a battle, it always is when you’re facing a crosstown rival,” Michner said. “Against Charleston Southern we play for the Silver Cup, which is the trophy College of Charleston has had in our possession for many years. We know Charleston Southern will be primed and ready to go but we will be ready to fire away Friday afternoon.”