College of Charleston Women’s Soccer

Charleston Women’s Soccer Faces Defeat in First-Ever CAA Semifinal Appearance

The 2018 season was one of legitimate growth for the College of Charleston Women’s Soccer program. The team battled through its ups and downs throughout the season, to ultimately push forward and advance to the CAA semi-finals. This achievement marked tremendous progress for the team and school, as it marked the first time the women’s soccer team had ever advanced that far in the tournament.

In the face of the CAA’s #1 seed, James Madison University, the Cougars held their own, battling it out until the final buzzer in a 2-1 game.

The vast majority of the afternoon was spent with both teams locked in a 1-1 standstill. JMU scored just 11 minutes into the game, with Charleston following up with an answer just four minutes later.

The next, and final goal of the match came late in the second period, where JMU iced the game in the 79th minute.

Shot distribution remained consistent within each team throughout the game. The Cougars launched 3 attempts in the first and 3 in the second, as the Dukes had 5 in the first and 5 in the second.

Senior Defender Raymara Barreto was a driving force for the College’s offense, as she scored the lone goal of the afternoon. Barreto also led the team in attempted shots on goal, with two.

This loss marked the end of a historic career for Cougar legend, Laura Ortega. Ortega closed out her time at the College firmly etched in the record books, holding all-time records for points, assists and goals.

Along with Ortega, plenty of other valuable Charleston contributors closed out their collegiate careers on Sunday. The senior class of Maddy Brill-Edwards, Raymara Barreto, Paige Davis, Meredith Tunney, Ana Lesmes, Sara Deutsch, Laura Ortego, Ali Freitas and Genevieve Henderson each left their mark on the program, chipping in bricks towards the wall that the team hopes to become.

Despite the end result being less than desirable, the College of Charleston women’s soccer team improved in 2018. They can walk away from this season knowing that they helped propel the program forwards, particularly in postseason play.

The team finished the season with a record of 11-8-1.

With so many contributors leaving Charleston after this season, opportunities will be available for plenty of the younger players. Here’s to hoping they’re ready to step up to the challenge of filling their shoes.


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Sean Pedernales is a Senior Communications Major at The College. Sean is the sports editor for CisternYard Media, and when not at school, can be found in Charlotte, NC with family. If that’s not interesting enough, Sean has also received a black belt in Taekwondo, eats (probably too much) chipotle, and has owned a hedgehog.

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