ATLANTA – Sophomore forward Nicole Koretsky (Manalapan, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute as the College of Charleston women’s soccer team closed out its preseason slate with a 3-2 exhibition victory on the road at Georgia State on Friday afternoon at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard early as senior forward McCallie Jones (Charlotte, N.C.) found the back of the net twice, within the first 10 minutes of play, to give Charleston the 2-0 lead.
Jones scored her first goal on a cross from sophomore forward Hope Walker (Charlotte, N.C.) as the ball settled into the bottom right corner, while Jones’ second goal was unassisted from the top of the box.
“We were excited and came out ready to play today,” CofC Head Coach Christian Michner said. “Our team stepped up and played from the opening whistle. We really capitalized on two great scores from McCallie Jones. We had them (Georgia State) on their heels and I thought it was a great outcome for us. Getting a win like this on the road shows that we can have success anywhere this season.”
Jordan Young and Lauren Harriman were Georgia State’s goal scorers. Harriman equalized the match in the second half on a pass from Whitney Ravan that hit the far post in the 48th minute.
Koretsky dribbled the ball in from the wing and scored from the top of the box for the eventual game-winner. Both teams adjusted to the wet and soggy condition on the field tempered by light rain.
“Nicole hammered it with a great strike from the top of the box and we were able to hold on for the win,” Michner said. “Our young players have made an immediate impact and brought new life into our team. The returning players have done a great job of setting the tone and creating a culture and atmosphere for those young players to be able to be successful.”
For the game, the Cougars made nine shots on goal to the Panthers’ six. They were able to settle into a steady offensive rhythm, after only seeing one shot on goal in their home exhibition match against South Carolina on Tuesday.
Junior Taylor Avery (Clifton, Va.) made three of CofC’s four saves in the first half sharing duties in goal with freshman Lauren Killian (Blythewood, S.C.) and senior Eli Sarasola (San Sebastian, Spain).
“It was really good test for us against a former CAA team,” Michner said. “Georgia State is a physical team and we had to play quickly. We will see a lot of that this year with the teams we play on our schedule. We are excited to have one more week of training, before opening against CSU.”
The Cougars will officially open the 2013 season with a two-match homestand scheduled with intercity rival Charleston Southern on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. (ET) and North Florida on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. (ET) at Patriots Point.
Single-game tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 18 and under. General admission tickets for the season are also available and priced at $30. For more information, contact the CofC Ticket Office at (843) 953-COFC.