Women’s soccer records fifth straight shutout

College of Charleston women’s soccer team (5-3-0) is commanding their will over opponents by recording two weekend victories at the hands of Stetson and The Citadel.

Charleston net-minder Lauren Killian’s shutout streak climbs to 455 minutes thanks to her two-save effort against The Citadel. The Cougars have now won five straight shutout wins, outscoring opponents 12-0 in that span.

Lauren Killian is having a scintillating senior season. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

Lauren Killian is having a scintillating senior season. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

“I’m really happy with my team defending,” Charleston head coach Christian Michner said. “Another shutout is just fantastic.”

Jessica Schifer and Laura Ortega’s four game point streak came to an end on Sunday. Ortega led Schifer for a crucial goal in the final five minutes of Friday’s match over Stetson.

“Jessica and Laura are special players,” Michner said. “They are a little bit different. Jessica is stronger, sort of like a freight train when she has the ball. Laura is a little bit craftier and cheekier with the ball, but they combine really well.”

Last year’s team recorded five consecutive wins early in the season, but the last time the women’s soccer program posted five straight shutouts was in 2009. That team went on to finish 12-7-2.

With the only losses coming against opponents from the SEC and Big 12, the Cougars are building momentum as conference play approaches. The last non-conference road game on the schedule will take the Cougars to Jacksonville (2-5-0) on Sept. 15 before returning home to face Radford on Sept. 18.

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