MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s soccer team fell, 3-1, to Eastern Kentucky in the final game of the College of Charleston Cup at Patriots Point on Sunday afternoon. For the second consecutive game, the Cougars scored first but couldn’t protect their lead in taking a loss.
“Credit goes to Eastern Kentucky,” said head coach Christian Michner. “They came in and battled really hard and deserved the result based on their effort. We certainly had more of the possession and outshot them but they worked extremely hard.
“We had a decent amount of possession but we just gave the ball away way too often, unpressured. We were consistently committing easy give-aways which should never happen.”
As Michner stated, CofC started the match strong and scored right away on a sixth-minute mark by Sarah Cardamone (Downingtown, Pa.), her second of the season. Maryam Buazza (Katy, Texas) ignited the play by slotting a ball through the middle of the Colonel defense and Cardamone took it in stride and slid the ball past the charging keeper.
Just under three minutes later though, Nikki Donnelly made a long run up the middle third of the field and ripped a shot over the head of Taylor Avery (Clifton, Va.) from just outside the 18-yard box to equalize the match.
Donnelly found the net a second time in the 29th minute after Taylor Perkins had her shot stifled in the box and Donnelly collected the rebound and scored.
EKU added the insurance goal in the 66th minute when Dani Cant found some space along the right side and ripped a shot from inside 10 yards which Avery blocked away but unfortunately in the direction of Kaylynn Brown who headed it back into the net.
The Cougars outshot the Colonels, 12-11, but only put two shots on target unlike EKU which put eight of its 11 attempts on frame.
Avery made five saves on the day for the Cougars.
The team takes to the road next weekend with a battle at Jacksonville on Friday, Sept. 14 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.