In front of the biggest crowd at Patriots Point Field this season, the College of Charleston’s men’s soccer team settled for a 2-2 draw against the University of Delaware on Saturday night.
Prior to the game, the team celebrated senior night, honoring Daan Brinkman, Tanner Clay and Troy Peterson.
“We have three great seniors who I am proud to have had come through our program,” head coach Ralph Lundy said of his seniors. “All three of these guys have played a lot of minutes, and contributed greatly to the program in ways that go beyond the soccer field. All three are great young men, and tremendous leaders who we are going to miss, but mostly they’re young men we can be proud to have representing us as graduates of the College of Charleston.”
Unfortunately, Daan Brinkman sat out the game due to an injury he sustained last week.
The team seemed to respond to the emotion of senior night, as they came out firing, collecting three shots in the opening five minutes. Though the Cougars appeared to be the better of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, they failed to find the back of the net on any of their eight shots, sending the teams to the half in a scoreless draw.
The Cougars struck first four minutes into the second half when sophomore defenseman Trent Rieflin headed home a corner kick from Tanner Clay.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the CAA leading goal scorer, Blue Hens’ Guillermo Delgado, collected two yellow cards for complaining about the lack of whistles on breakaway opportunities.
Although the Cougars had a man advantage, they conceded two goals in the next 10 minutes, giving Delaware a 2-1 advantage.
In the 75th minute, Troy Peterson found the back of the net for the second time this year on a low curving shot from outside the box. The goal came off of Tanner Clay’s second assist of the evening, as they made their presence felt on their senior night.
After neither team could score before the end of regulation, Charleston had two opportunities to win in overtime. Adan Noel opened up the action with a 91st minute shot that got past Delaware keeper Borja Barbero, but a defender managed to knock it wide. Moments later, Troy Peterson nearly won it for the Cougars on a direct kick from the left wing, but it was no good and the game would end in a 2-2 tie.
With just two games remaining, the draw squashed the Cougars’ slim hopes at making the CAA Tournament. Charleston will next take the field Wednesday when they host Elon at Patriots Point in their final home game of the season, before making a trip to Hofstra to end the season.