After 10 years of coming out on top, the Cougars suffered a heart breaking loss to the Citadel Wednesday night.
In a game that had fouls being called left and right, the Cougars took the early lead with a foul against the Citadel placing the College in a prime scoring position. Sarah Cardamone (Downingtown, Pa.), with an assist by Maryam Buazza (Katy, Texas), put into the net in the 21st minute, putting the Cougars up one.
The team kept the Bulldogs busy, making four attempts on goal in the next five minutes. However, the Citadel made their way down to the opposite side of the field, making four shots of their own in the minutes that followed. Their attempts finally came to fruition a mere 13 minutes after Caradamone scored with Cricket Wise’s (Walhalla, S.C.) attempt at a save coming just short at stopping the bulldogs from tying up the game.
Two shots a piece and four fouls for the Cougars later, the half came to an end. The Bulldogs came out of the locker room ready to take charge of the game though, and they used that energy to test Wise’s keeping abilities constantly for the first 25 minutes of the half. Finally, in the 73rd minute of the game, Hannah Gmerek (Anderson, S.C.) powered through the Bulldog’s defense and scored with an assist by McCallie Jones (Charlotte, N.C.), giving the Cougars the lead.
A scant four minutes later though, the Bulldogs were able to tie it again. Before the team could come back together to make a bid to take back their lead, the Citadel was able to make its third goal, changing the dynamics of the game drastically. With only seven minutes left on the clock, the game churned to end, with an ending score of 3-2 closing out the Women’s soccer regular season.
Head Coach Christian Michner, always able to give credit where it’s due, said, “Hats off to The Citadel for working hard and doing all the things they do well. They put us on our heels and we weren’t able to match their intensity today.”
Looking ahead to SoCon tournament, he added, “We take the lead twice and then surrender it. That’s disappointing going into the Southern Conference Tournament. We have to come together as a team and have a better performance than this in the tournament if we expect to go far. We will get back on track over the next couple of days so we can get back to playing Charleston soccer…You’ll certainly see a team that will come out ready to fight,” said Michner. “We’ll go back to Patriots Point, a place we love to play at. The team will be organized and ready to go and be excited about being a high seed in the tournament and three games away from our goal which was to be Southern Conference Tournament champions.”
The Cougar’s host the opening round game of the SoCon tournament this Sunday at 1 p.m. as the number three seed in the tournament. Follow the women’s soccer team, as well as the rest of College of Charleston athletics, at www.cisternyard.com/sports and get live updates from @GeorgeStSports on Twitter.