Dominant Performance by Laura Ortega Leads the College of Charleston Women’s Soccer Team to a Conference Victory

Dominant Performance by Laura Ortega Leads the College of Charleston Women’s Soccer Team to a Conference Victory

The College of Charleston’s women’s soccer team handled their business for the third straight game on Thursday, downing conference opponent Delaware in a dominating 3-0 performance.

The pace of the game was back-and-forth throughout the first 20 minutes, with both teams taking limited shot attempts while remaining scoreless. In the 22nd minute, everything changed. Forward Laura Ortega took control of the game by sniping the first goal of the game off of an assist from Alyssa Beck. A mere 85 seconds later, Ortega ripped the ball from the Delaware defense and slammed home her second goal of the night, firmly putting Charleston in the driver’s seat of this game.

A mere 85 seconds later, Ortega ripped the ball from the Delaware defense and slammed home her second goal of the night, firmly putting Charleston in the driver’s seat of the game.

Although the Cougar offense was ready to capitalize at any moment, the defense did a fantastic job of holding their ground throughout the game as well. Thursday’s game marked Senior goalkeeper Genevieve Henderson’s seventh shutout this season, as she finished the game with 3 saves and no goals allowed.

Thursday’s game marked goalkeeper Genevieve Henderson’s seventh shutout this season, as she finished the game with three saves and allowed zero goals.

In the second half, midfielder Ana Lesmes added to the Cougar lead by chipping in a goal of her own in the 70th minute-solidifying the team’s hopes for victory.

This game was significant for the Cougars, as they remained composed throughout a grind-it-out game, against an opponent that had almost the same amount of scoring opportunities. (Charleston had four shots on goal to Delaware’s three).

Thanks to this W, the College of Charleston women’s soccer team improves to 8-5-1 on the season, and 3-2-1 in conference play- good for the fourth seed. As the season begins to wind down,

As the season begins to wind down, it’s important that the team wins games like this one to remain within the top 6 of the conference for conference tournament eligibility.

The squad has three remaining regular-season contests this year, all of which are in conference.

On October 15th, the Cougars look to upset the CAA’s #2 team in Drexel on the road.

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Authored by: Sean Pedernales

Junior at the College of Charleston. Communication Major.

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