JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The College of Charleston women’s soccer team fell, 1-0, at the Ashley Sports Complex on Friday evening after the Dolphins scored with two seconds remaining in the first period.
The game was well balanced and evenly played but the Cougars narrowly missed capitalizing on their chances and suffered the loss.
“Credit goes to Jacksonville,” said head coach Christian Michner. “They’re a good team and they work hard and play their system very well.
“We stepped out and battled and I’m really proud of our effort tonight. The players did a great job of working hard and playing for a full 90 minutes. We were unfortunate; it’s bad timing to give up a goal with one or two seconds remaining in a half. It really shouldn’t ever happen but that’s soccer. We certainly created our fair share of chances and just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
Mauri Harrison (Vista, Calif.) demonstrated her two-way play in the 20th minute when she got back to the goal line to block away a shot which Sarah Moghadas took when she collected a rebound and looked towards what she thought was an empty net.
Moments later, Harrison got down to the other end of the pitch and put a quality header towards the top of the net but Dolphin goalkeeper Hannah Allerton was able to get her fingers to it and thwart CofC’s finest chance to that point in the game.
After 44 minutes of scoreless back-and-forth play, the Dolphins sent the ball into the Cougars’ box in the dying seconds of the half. After the ball rattled around in the congested area, Brooke Comans managed to get the ball to Marie Weckhurst who chipped it into the back of the net with two seconds showing on the clock.
Eli Sarasola (San Sebastian, Spain) made her CofC debut in goal in the second half after being granted eligibility earlier this week. Sarasola did well in organizing her defense and challenging balls which rolled towards her box and also made two high-quality saves in the 45 minutes she played.
The Cougars’ season now starts over in a sense as they now look forward to the all-important Southern Conference portion of their season. CofC opens SoCon play next weekend by hosting Wofford on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
“We have to get the mentality back that we’re winners,” said Michner. “We’ve stumbled a bit out of the gate but our goal all year is to be Southern Conference champions and that’s certainly within our reach.
“Every team comes in on level footing and we’ll be ready to compete on Friday night against Wofford,” said Michner. “We’ll have a great week of training and get our minds right and get focused for conference play. Our goal every year is to be at the top of our league so we’ll make sure we’re firing on all cylinders and ready to go on Friday night.”