Women’s soccer wins season finale on senior day

Sarah Cardamone and Taylor Avery were honored on senior day at Patriots Point. Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

Sarah Cardamone and Taylor Avery were honored on senior day at Patriots Point.
Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

The College of Charleston women’s soccer team concluded their season on a high note on Sunday, defeating UNC Wilmington 1-0 on senior day.

Before Sunday’s game, the team’s two seniors, midfielder Sarah Cardamone and goalkeeper Taylor Avery, were honored and both girls got the start in their final game as Cougars.

Charleston broke out of their five game scoreless streak in grand fashion Wednesday night defeating South Carolina State 4-0, and carried their strong play over to Sunday.

Cardamone made her presence felt early on, leading a goal scoring run down the middle of the field in the 14th minute. She dropped it off to Hanna Huizenga, who returned it to Cardamone, and sent in her fourth goal of the year, and 12th of her career, to give the Cougars an early lead.

The goal proved to be all of the insurance that the Cougars needed, as the defense gave a stout performance. UNC Wilmington earned a 14-8 shot advantage and there was a 8-1 disparity in corner kicks, but Avery corralled a career-high 10 saves to preserve her impressive shutout.

“They’ve played their hearts out for four years and have done an unbelievable job on and off the field for us,” head coach Christian Michner said. “For those two to have such amazing performances today, Cardamone with the game winner, and Avery playing what I believe is the best game of her career. She really made some unbelievable saves and kept us in it when we needed it.

The Cougars close the season with a record of 7-11-1 overall, 2-6-1 in the CAA. Though they finished tied for eighth place in the 10 team CAA, it is an improvement from a year ago.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team, all of the girls, and the way they competed for us today. It looks bright for us in the future,” Michner said.

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On a cold January evening in the winter of 2004, Sam Oleksak realized his dream. As a mere fourth grader, he had the chance to announce a high school basketball game for his hometown television station. In the hopes of one day becoming a sports pundit, Sam began at Cisternyard News in Fall 2014. He now serves as the Sports Editor on staff and also makes frequent appearances on Cisternyard Radio.

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