The College of Charleston dropped their CAA opener to Northeastern University, 1-0, on Saturday night at Patriots Point.
The two teams had met only once previously, last season, when the Cougars topped the Huskies on a 75th minute goal for a 1-0 victory in Boston.
For the second consecutive game, the Cougars (2-5-1, 0-1 CAA) started junior Alex Young in goal over freshman Brian Kilgallon. Young’s first start came last week on the road vs. Wofford in a 2-0 loss.
The first half was played to a scoreless draw, as neither team could cash in any of their oppritunities. The congested Cougar attack seemed to have trouble moving the ball through the middle of the field, with their best opportunities came on runs down the right wing from senior defenseman Daan Brinkman.
Northeastern tallied a number of chances thanks to the play of Frantzdy Pierrot, who entered the game as the team’s leader in points. Pierrot’s physical play earned him a number of opportunities, and thanks to his 6-foot, 3-inch size, he was able to better Cougar defenders, cherry-picking balls twice late in the first half for easy, yet unsuccessful chances.
The Huskies broke through in the 74th minute, scoring the first goal of the game on a chip from Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave. A clearance from the Huskies defense left Fayd’Herbe de Maudave one-on-one with the Cougar defense, and after eluding the defender, Alex Young rushed the attacker, hoping to cause a miss. Instead, Fayd’Herbe de Maudave chipped the ball over Young, into the back of the net.
There was a clear sense of urgency from the Cougar attack after the goal, but the attack stalled as they could not put pressure on Northeastern keeper Johnathan Thuresson. Their best chance came in the 80th minute, when Daan Brinkman lofted in a free kick to Troy Peterson, who turned and fired a strike beyond Thuresson. However, a Northeastern defender made a frantic redirection, knocking it just over the crossbar, to preserve the clean sheet.
Despite outshooting the Huskies 13 to 10, Charleston’s winless streak was extended to four games.
“We need more creativity in the final third. It was a tough game, but we didn’t create enough quality scoring chances, even with 13 shots. We have to more high-probability shots. It has to be probable, not just possible. That was really the key to the match,” head coach Ralph Lundy said.
The Cougars will continue to search for their first win the CAA season, as they travel to UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, before heading to Philadelphia to take on Drexel next Saturday.