MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer
team produced its finest offense outing of the season in a 4-2 win over
Winthrop at Patriots Point on Wednesday evening. The Cougars scored in the
second minute and then exploded for three second-half goals in under ten
The Cougars, now 4-4-0, dominated virtually every phase of
the game and dictated the play through quality ball possession. The Cougars
strung passes together cleverly and used that momentum to get forward,
resulting in an 18-11 shot advantage and 7-2 corner-kick advantage.
“They’re a very good team,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “They’re
going to win a lot of games this year and they’re going to do real well in
their conference. It was a good win for us; they’ve got good players. We’re at
home and we’ve had some disappointing losses in the last week but today we put
it together and got the goals.
“The biggest thing was that we took care of the ball. We played
forward and took care of the ball. We’ve been better lately at possessing the
ball. We had tons of chances in the second period and we got momentum. We were
playing simple and connecting our passes.”
CofC stepped on the ignition right away and forced a corner
kick in the opening 30 seconds of the game. The Cougars kept the ball in the
offensive third following the corner opportunity and in the second minute Tyler Vukoder (Tega Cay, S.C.) sent a ball into the box in the direction of Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad). An Eagle defender was able to nudge de Silva
off the ball but it fell to Tony Kattreh (Neptune Beach, Fla.) who made a
miraculous 180-degree turn-and-kick motion to the volley the ball out of midair
and rocketed into the upper corner of the net.
The Cougars wouldn’t let up from there and kept the Eagles
on the defensive for the entirety of the first 45 minutes and went into the
locker room with a 10-4 shot advantage and the one-goal lead.
The second half was equally impressive for the Cougars and
they got their first insurance marker in the 55th minute. The
Cougars defended an Eagle corner kick well and then exploded out of their own
box with numbers moving in the opposite direction.
Tam McGowan (Glasgow, Scotland) started the run by playing
the ball to de Silva who took the ball the length of the left side of the
pitch. Shawn Ferguson (Rock Hill, S.C.) sprinted the entirety of the field and
beat everyone on the field to the Eagles’ six-yard box and volleyed home de
Silva’s centering effort to put CofC up 2-0.
The goal provided the Cougars with great momentum and just
over two minutes later Sam Redmond (Asheville, N.C.) cut through the ride side
of the box and scored back across the goal mouth to his left for his first goal
as a Cougar.
Just over two more minutes went by before Kattreh found his
way through the left side of the box and made a last-second centering pass
where de Silva collected the ball, feigned a shot once and then easily rolled
the ball into the net to make it 4-0 Cougars.
Winthrop finally got on the board in the 67th
minute with Mason Lavallet’s team-high fourth goal of the season which he
achieved by running on to a ball played into the box by Achille Obougou and
volleying it home.
The Eagles would add one more in the 88th minute
when Marc Segara found a ball rattling around in a crowded box and snuck it
into the net but the comeback effort would prove too-little, too-late as the
Cougars would hang on for the 4-2 win.
The road gets tough for the Cougars with matches against No.
18 Coastal Carolina, No. 1 Maryland and No. 27 Furman up next for Lundy’s
squad. CofC travels to Conway, S.C., for the Coastal matchup on Tuesday, Sept.
25. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.