The College of Charleston women’s soccer team knew they had a tough job ahead as they headed to Durham, N.C., to play the No. 5 team in the country, Duke.
The Duke Blue Devils scored their first goal four minutes into the match. With Duke scoring two more goals, 10 minutes and 35 minutes into the game, the Cougars finished the first half down 3-0.
The Cougars had to step up their defense in the second half.
Although CofC ended up falling to Duke with a 3-0 score, they did manage to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard for the last 55 minutes of the match.
Freshman goalie Taylor Avery battled for most of the game and had a total of seven saves for the Cougars. Senior goalie Cricket Wise came during the second half and made three saves in the final 21 minutes of the game.
The Cougars will have a week to put the loss behind them before they play their first Southern Conference game of the season when they host Appalachian State on Friday, Sept. 23rd, at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point. CofC will also host Western Carolina next weekend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“I think we put together a really difficult non-conference schedule and that’s what we want to do to prepare for the rigors of our conference, which starts next week,” said head coach Christian Michner to CofCSports.com “We’ll take the next nine days to slowly but surely prepare for Appalachian State and Western Carolina.”