MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team hosts James Madison in a pivotal Colonial Athletic Association match on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Patriots Point. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
With the regular season drawing to a close and the CAA Championship looming, each of the Cougars’ three remaining games – all CAA bouts – is of utmost importance. With a win on Wednesday, the Cougars would leapfrog the Dukes in the CAA standings and be one step closer to locking up one of six seeds for the CAA Championship.
The match will be a chess match between two of the most knowledgeable minds in the game and feature two of the top-five winningest active Division I coaches.
The Cougars (2-10-1, 0-3-1 CAA) suffered another heartbreaking defeat on Friday night, narrowly missing an upset of No. 10 UAB on the road. CofC led for over 70 minutes after a 15th-minute goal by Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.) with an assist to Jake Currie (Sheffield, England), but conceded an equalizer in the 79th minute and the game winner in the 87th.
Senior goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands) returned to active duty in the match after being out eight weeks with a back injury suffered against Xavier way back on Sept. 1.
Peterson’s goal was his first of the season, making him the fifth goal scorer on the Cougar roster. Xavier Rajpaul (Port of Spain, Trinidad) continues to lead the effort with two.
Peterson and Adan Noel (La Brea, Trinidad) lead the Cougars in shots with 19, with Rajpaul and Currie just behind with 18 attempts apiece.
JMU (6-7-1, 1-4-0 CAA) enters the match on a two-game winning streak with an impressive win over Drexel on Saturday night. The Dragons were previously unbeaten in CAA play and will conclude the regular season against the Cougars at Patriots Point on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The Dukes came from behind with Tim Whitebread and Josh Grant scoring second-half goals to lead their squad to a 2-1 win over the visiting Dragons. Whitebread’s equalizer came in the 68th minute, and Grant headed home the game winner in the 73rd.
Grant also contributed a goal in JMU’s 2-0 win over Belmont earlier in the week and shared CAA Co-Player of the Week honors.
The win was JMU head coach Tom Martin’s 468th of his career which leads all active Division I coaches. CofC head coach Ralph Lundy is ranked fourth on that last.
GET TO THE POINT…
The best way to catch CofC men’s soccer is live and in person at Patriots Point. Wednesday will be Youth Soccer Day and free admission will be given to all youth soccer participants wearing their jerseys.
A student shuttle will depart from the Stern Center at 6 p.m. and riders can participate in “Cash Cab” to win prizes on the bus.
“Beat JMU” shirts will also be given out at the field.
MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE FOR THE MATCH…
Fans unable to make it to Patriots Point can enjoy a full web-based broadcast to follow the action free of charge through CofCSports.com. Live statistics will also be available.