On Saturday, September 22, the College of Charleston Men’s Soccer program journeyed to Newark, Delaware in hopes of capturing a win in their first inter-conference game of the season, against the University of Delaware Blue Hens.
To start the game, it seemed as though the College held the keys. The opening goal of the game was a beautiful header from Junior midfielder, Tucker Heffron.
Despite the Cougars striking first, the team couldn’t hold onto the momentum, as their first goal of the evening ended up being their last.
The Blue Hens answered back with a goal of their own in the 37th minute and evened up the score to end the first period.
Despite the Hens barraging the Cougars with 17 total shots in regulation, the away team managed to hang on thanks to goalie play from Senior keeper, Treston Kederer.
The second period of Saturday night’s game featured doughnuts from each team. Neither could find the back of the net in that time.
It didn’t take much of the overtime period to decide the outcome of the game, as Delaware managed to sink the deciding goal just 1:40 into the extra time.
The story of this game was the disparity in shot attempts. The Cougars had difficulty creating clean, open looks and finished with just 5 shot attempts on the day. Delaware had no issues pushing the pace, however, and ended up with 19 looks at the goal.
Despite the loss, the College of Charleston Men’s Soccer team can take away from this experience and grow as they look to establish themselves atop the conference. The team now sits in a three-way tie for last place in the CAA after one game of conference play.
The College hopes to bounce back from this OT loss on Wednesday, September 26th. They’ll face another CAA foe, UNCW, back home at Patriots Point in what has all the makings of an exciting soccer match.