BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The College of Charleston men’s soccer team had its upset bid of No. 10 UAB derailed by a pair of late Blazer goals, tilting the decision to a 2-1 loss in non-conference play at West Campus Field on Friday evening.
CofC (2-10-1) 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.
“Tonight was another heart breaking loss as we surrendered a well-deserved lead with 12 minutes remaining,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “We had two one-on-one opportunities with their goalkeeper to get the second goal and that would have given us the insurance we needed to close out the game.
“I feel for my players because they continually put their best foot forward and haven't gotten the result I believe they deserve. We must bounce back against James Madison in a big conference match up on Wednesday.”
The UAB goals were scored by Patrick Huang and Freddy Ruiz, their fourth and 10th goals of the season, respectively.
The Cougars enjoyed the return of senior goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands) who had been out eight weeks with a back injury. Heemskerk made four saves in the contest.
The Blazers were the eighth team the Cougars have challenged this season ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll at the time of competition and the third opponent ranked in the top 10. In the most recent edition of the standings, the Cougars have played six teams currently ranked.
It is because of this scheduling that the Cougars earned a favorable No. 65 ranking in the NCAA RPI which accounts for strength of schedule and factors heavily into the NCAA Tournament selection process.
The Cougars return home to host James Madison in midweek Colonial Athletic Association action on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Kickoff from Patriots Point is slated for 7 p.m.