MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s soccer team earned its first point in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 1-1 draw with Delaware in their penultimate match of the season at Patriots Point on Friday evening.
CofC (2-13-1, 0-6-1 CAA) led for the majority of the contest after a 11th minute goal by Danielle Mellem (San Clemente, Calif.), but settled for the draw after Delaware had equalized in the 64th minute.
“It was good game with both teams battling for position in the conference,” said head coach Christian Michner. “Delaware is battling for a high seed in the conference tournament so we knew we were playing one of the top teams in the league tonight. I’m extremely proud of the way our players battled. We’re happy to get the first point in the Colonial. We had chances to win it; certainly we had chances to lose it, so all in all I think a draw is fair.”
The Cougars seized the early lead when Michaela Herrmann (Centennial, Colo.) played a brilliant ball to the far post on a 45-yard free kick, and there Mellem headed it back across the goal mouth and into the side netting.
The Cougars fared Delaware’s attack for the remaining first half, thanks in large part to the net minding of freshman Lauren Killian (Blythewood, S.C.). Killian ended the match with 10 saves for the second consecutive match, tying her career high.
Just under the midway point of the second half, Delaware netted the equalizer when Allegra Gray switched fields with a ball across the box to the left corner and Emily Market collected and scored to the top of the net from a sharp angle near the endline.
The teams would fruitlessly exchange chances for the rest of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods before the 110-minute draw. The finest of chances, perhaps, narrowly missed fruition in the first overtime when Sarah Cardamone (Downingtown, Pa.) played a long ball into the box from the right flank and Jade Reynolds (Oxon, England) flicked it onward towards goal, but Blue Hen goalkeeper Jessica Levy made a diving stop to her right-hand side and barely managed to cling to the rebound before a Cougar could strike it home.
“Unbelievable talent, these six seniors have given so much to the program over the years,” said Michner. “We’re going to be sad to have them leave, but certainly we expect 90 minutes of fury from them. I’m expecting it to be the best game of their careers. Drexel is a tough team but coming off a game like tonight, we feel like we have confidence heading into Sunday and we’re ready to get our first win.”
Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. with Senior Day festivities taking place just prior.