BOSTON – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team travels to Northeastern for yet another pivotal Colonial Athletic Association match on Saturday, Nov. 2 with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.
The Cougars (3-10-1, 1-3-1 CAA) are vying for one of six bids to the CAA’s postseason. CofC, currently in seventh place, will need a win to stay alive, and will be particularly interested in the outcome of Sunday’s match between fifth- and sixth-place Delaware and Hofstra.
The standings are tightly packed, with just one win separating first and sixth place presently. The Huskies (6-6-3, 3-1-1 CAA) currently sit in second place.
The Cougars stayed in contention with their first CAA victory, a thrilling 2-1 defeat of James Madison on Wednesday night. The Cougars got goals from Trinidadian freshmen Xavier Rajpaul (Port of Spain, Trinidad) and Adan Noel (La Brea, Trinidad). Their fellow freshman classmate, Erik Clark (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), contributed assists on both goals, with Tanner Clay (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.) each adding an assist as well.
Rajpaul put the Cougars up in the 33rd minute, but the Dukes eventually equalized with a second-half goal in the 57th minute. The Cougars, unwilling to tolerate having second-half leads in three consecutive matches without a result to show for it, threatened the rest of the way until Noel tucked in the game winner in the 83rd minute.
Senior goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands) was back in goal for his second match since an eight-week injury leave and made six saves in the contest.
The goal was Rajpaul’s team-high third of the year and Noel’s second, making them the only multiple goal scorers on the roster. Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.), Jake Currie (Sheffield, England) and Tucker Coons (Alpharetta, Ga.) have also found the net for the Cougars.
The Huskies are looking to halt a two-match losing streak during which they’ve been kept off the scoreboard.
On Tuesday, Hartford netted a goal in each half and held the Huskies without a shot on goal to down the Huskies on Tuesday night at Parsons Field, 2-0.
Redshirt-junior Jacob Aduama, who earned his first start in goal since 2011, was tested throughout the contest, tying a career-high with six saves as the Hawks outshot NU 14-7. Northeastern, meanwhile, was awarded six corner opportunities to Hartford's four.
With just two conference games remaining in the regular season, Northeastern seems to be peaking at the right time. NU is 3-1-1 in conference play, allowing just two goals in the process.
Sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Faber and the Northeastern defense has held its opponents to just three goals in the last five matches, including three straight shutouts, seeing its goals against average plummet to 0.83 (second in the CAA).
CofC will wrap up the regular season at home against conference-leading Drexel on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and it will be Senior Day and the Cougars will commemorate the careers of five seniors.