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Men's Soccer Set for Regular Season Finale

Courtesy: CofCSports.com
          Release: 10/31/2011
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DAVIDSON, N.C. - The College of Charleston men's soccer team is set for its regular season finale in a Tuesday night bout against Davidson at 7 p.m. at Alumni Soccer Stadium.

CofC is looking to snap an eight-match winless skid before the start of the Southern Conference Championship next week. In many of the outings, the Cougars have been the more dominant team but denied the breaks they needed to pick up a win. CofC has drawn with Furman, Wake Forest and Appalachian State over the winless spell.

CofC is seeking retribution from a 3-1 opening-round loss to Davidson which bounced the Cougars from the 2010 Southern Conference Championships at Patriots Point.

The Cougars are also seeking to spoil Davidson's bid to host the opening round of this year's Southern Conference Championship which the Wildcats would do if they win or draw on Tuesday night. 

Despite recent scoring woes, the Cougars still lead the SoCon in assists per game at 1.81 and rank second in goals per game at 1.69.

Junior midfielder Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) leads the league in shot attempts this season with 59 total or 3.69 per game.

With only two goals allowed in CofC's last three matches, sophomore keeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Holland) has seen his goals-against average drop to 1.53 on the year.

Davidson enters the match as winners of three of their last four matches and has only allowed one total goal between those outings. Senior goalkeeper Chip Sanders earned his program-record ninth shutout when Davidson downed Appalachian State, 3-0, on Saturday night.

Junior midfielder Brian McGue is Davidson's point leader with nine thus far this season off three goals and three assists. Senior forward Thomas Zimmerman and freshman defender Max Riehemann have three goals on the season as well.

With a loss or tie, CofC retains the No. 7 seed and will play at second-seeded Furman in the opening round of the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. If the Cougars beat Davidson, CofC would jump Elon in the sixth spot and play at third-seeded Georgia Southern on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

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