MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's soccer team downed The Citadel, 1-0, in a crucial battle for positioning in the Southern Conference standings. The win gives the Cougars the potential to host the opening round of the SoCon Tournament, pending the outcome of Thursday's match between Elon and UNC Greensboro.
The Cougars improve to 9-9-1 (6-4-1 SoCon) and will host the afore mentioned tournament opener with a UNCG win over Elon. The Citadel falls to 11-7-1 (7-4-0 SoCon).
"This is exactly what you'd expect from two cross-town rivals," said head coach Christian Michner. "Both teams were playing with a lot of emotion and the game was extremely hard-fought as a result. Our defense was impeccable to pick up our fourth clean slate in a row which is huge going into the tournament."
The game was very free flowing with the teams exchanging periods of time with their opponent pinned defensively. The Cougars ended the night with a 13-8 shot advantage with an even, 5-5 corner-kick tally.
The Cougars scored the lone goal of the match in the 33rd minute when Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.) took control of a bouncing ball in the right-hand side of the box. She flicked the ball over the defenders to an open Sloane Levin (Hamburg, Mich.) who scored inside the left post.
The Citadel threatened several times but the Cougars' defense was able to thwart every pass. Katie Tate (Piedmont, S.C.) was called upon to make two big diving saves with roughly five minutes left in the game to preserve her fourth consecutive shutout.
The Cougars will now await the outcome of the UNCG/Elon game to determine their location for the opening round of the SoCon Tournament. The game will be played on Sunday, Oct. 31.