ROCK HILL, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team restored its winning ways with a 2-1 victory over previously-unbeaten Winthrop at Eagle Field on Tuesday evening.
The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Cougars and tags the Eagles with their first loss of the season.
“This was a total team effort,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “In order to reverse our recent run of results, it had to be.
“We've faced a lot of adversity so far this season, but I'm proud of how we held together. Now we need to use this momentum going into a tough away match at William & Mary.”
CofC struck first in the 31st minute when Connor Coons (Alpharetta, Ga.) played a high-arching ball into the box which Winthrop goalkeeper Guilherme Avelar received but was unable to secure and the rebound fell to Noel who made a simple touch and scored into a gaping net.
The Cougars carried the 1-0 lead into the locker room after the teams evenly split 14 shot attempts in the opening period.
In the 62nd minute Winthrop responded, however, when the Eagles played a low cross which skipped awkwardly through the box to Max Hasenstop who capitalized with his seventh goal of the season.
With overtime looming late in regulation, the Cougars possessed the ball around the perimeter of the Eagles’ penalty area and manipulated the defense by tweaking the point of attack. Daan Brinkman (Amsterdam, Netherlands) held the ball at the top-left corner of the box and played it back for Tucker Coons whose shot from 35 yards took a deflection on its way to goal, rendering Avelar frozen.
Sophomore Alex Young (Greenville, S.C.) was called upon as the goal keeper and made six saves en route to his first collegiate victory. The Cougars ended the night with a narrow, 18-17shot advantage.
The Cougars return to Colonial Athletic Association competition next Saturday, Oct. 5 as they head to Williamsburg, Va., to take on William & Mary.