Over the weekend, the College of Charleston Women’s Soccer team added another notch in the win column, by vanquishing the University of Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday.
Delaware, another member of the CAA, came into Saturday’s match hoping to use it as a springboard back into the top half of conference standings. The College, however, had other plans. The ladies held on in a tightly contested game for a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
With this win, the team repositioned themselves into a tie for second place in the CAA.
The first half of this game was dictated by the Cougars’ offensive momentum. Charleston launched 8 shots in the opening period, a number that dwarfs Delaware’s lone attempt.
Junior forward Alyssa Beck led the way with 3 shots on the night, including the only one to find the back of the net for either team. Her game-deciding goal in Saturday’s victory was her fourth of the season, good for second most on the team.
Reigning CAA player of the week, Laura Ortega, still holds the team-lead with 5 goals.
At the midway point of the match, the team eased up. The Cougars defense allowed 11 shot attempts in the second period, and only shot 4 of their own.
Thanks to a standup performance from Sophomore goalkeeper Meredith Holton in the game’s closing period, the squad was able to grab a much-needed conference win.
Holton played the entire second half and finished with 4 saves, 2 of which came in the last 15 minutes of play.
This wire-to-wire victory came at a critical time in the season. Almost halfway through the inter-conference part of the schedule, each game means more than the last.
The top half of the conference typically begins to set itself apart from the rest around now, and the College is doing what it takes to remain in that discussion.
The Cougars will look to wrap up their 3-game road stint with a third consecutive victory next Sunday when they travel to Towson in hopes of capturing yet another conference W.