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Playoff Push Culminates for CofC M. Soccer
Release: 11/05/2013
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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team culminates its season with yet another pivotal Colonial Athletic Association match against Drexel on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Patriots Point. The match will serve as CofC’s Senior Day with match kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

As part of Senior Night, CofC will commemorate the careers of five outstanding seniors who have each, in their own way, left an indelible mark on the College of Charleston, the community and the men’s soccer program. The 2013 seniors are Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands), Tam McGowan (Glasgow, Scotland), Connor Coons (Alpharetta, Ga.), Porter Massey (Charleston, S.C.), and Thomas Winstead (Columbia, S.C.).

“Here are five seniors who are five of the best young men you could ever imagine,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “That’s what College of Charleston is about… having seniors like these five. They are great, great people. I think the real key is that these are five young men who we can be proud to have as Cougars and that they’re going to be representing us as graduates of the College of Charleston.”

The match itself is of utmost importance, with the Cougars (4-10-1, 2-3-1 CAA) looking to clinch one of six berths to the CAA Championship, and Drexel (7-7-3, 3-1-2 CAA) seeking the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the playoffs.

The Cougars, currently in seventh, assure their playoff lives with a victory Wednesday night. In the event of a draw, CofC could still sneak in, but would need help from favorable results from other matches around the league. In the event of a loss, the Cougars will be eliminated from playoff contention and Drexel would secure the No. 1 seed.

The Cougars have been peaking at the right time and picked up two critical CAA victories last week in order to preserve their postseason hopes. CofC enters the match on the momentum of a 2-1 victory over James Madison and 1-0 victory of Northeastern.

Freshman attacker Xavier Rajpaul (Port of Spain, Trinidad) scored in both matches and was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for his performance. He now has a team-high four goals on the year.

Heemskerk was a rock in goal for the Cougars and also racked up some weekly awards, only on the national level by being named the goalkeeper of the National Team of the Week by both College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer, leading publications on collegiate soccer.

He had six stops including several big saves in the Cougars’ 2-1 win over James Madison and had five saves to lead the College to a 1-0 win over Northeastern. His 11 saves were good for a .917 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average on the week.

Drexel has stumbled down the stretch, but still controls its own destiny in the standings despite having not won since October 19 at Delaware.

Since then, the Dragons were bested by James Madison and Maryland before drawing with Hofstra on the Dragon’s Senior Night last Wednesday. Senior Tal Bublil celebrated his night in style with a dramatic 87-th minute equalizer to stave off the team’s third consecutive loss.

Fellow seniors Nathan Page and Ken Tibbett have led the Dragon scoring with five and four goals, respectively. Page also ties for the team high in assists with three.

The Dragons, who outscore their opponents 21-19 this season, have gotten goals out of 10 different players.

Freshman Tyler Afflerbach has been the primary keeper for the Dragons and boasts a 0.90 goals-against average and .790 save percentage on the year.

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