BOONE, N.C. - The College of Charleston men's soccer team takes on Appalachian State in a pivotal Southern Conference bout on Tuesday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex at 6 p.m. The Cougars seek to snap SoCon-leading Appalachian State's nine-match unbeaten streak as well as hand the Mountaineers their first loss in league play.
The match features two of the best sides in the conference and will prove interesting as the leading point-getter (CofC at 6.38 points per game) takes on the best defense (ASU at 0.50 goals allowed per game). CofC was ranked 10th in the nation in goals per game at the time of the NCAA's last statistics release.
The Cougars (5-5-3, 1-1-1 SoCon) return to league play after a week against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably the premier conference in collegiate soccer. The Cougars battled Wake Forest to a scoreless draw on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Game of the Week on FOX Soccer.
CofC then trekked to Chapel Hill, N.C., where the Cougars fell in a tough battle against No. 2 North Carolina. The Cougars led early and later equalized after UNC had seized the lead but two second-half Tar Heel goals claimed the result. Eric Fornell (Daniel Island, S.C.) and Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.) scored the Cougars' goals.
The match was the Cougars' fifth against a team ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA poll and only their second loss to such an opponent.
CofC's high-powered offense is the product of a complete-team effort. The Cougars have eleven players on the roster who have scored this season and average more than one assist per goal.
The first-place Mountaineers (8-2-2, 3-0-0 SoCon) are on a nine-match unbeaten streak and haven't lost since Sunday, Sept. 4 against Mercer. Most recently, ASU knocked off Georgia Southern with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of play to steal a 2-1 result on Friday, Oct. 14.
ASU is led offensively by Sean Dreybus with 12 points to his name so far this season. Keeper Danny Free has the best save percentage in the SoCon at .853.
Following Tuesday's bout with ASU, the Cougars return home for a Saturday night contest against UNC Greensboro at Patriots Point.