MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team came out of the gates firing on all cylinders at their Friday Night Futbol home affair with the Navy Midshipmen (0-1), notching two very early goals and coasting to the 2-0 finish.
• On the Cougars very first possession, Adan Noel streaked down the slot and found a waiting Nico Rittmeyer in the corner near the net. Rittmeyer squirted the attempt in on the near side to give the Cougars the 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game. That’s his third goal in two games, after notching two others in the exhibition against USC last weekend.
• Less than six minutes later, Eli Dent took advantage of a corner opportunity, sailing the shot into the box for a waiting Joseph Terry. Terry got the header off through a mass of humanity, and despite not getting a ton of power behind it, the ball sputtered through bodies on the left side of the keeper to put the college up 2-0.
• Kevin Shields was perfect on a relatively quiet night, earning the shutout by way of six saves. The Cougars won the shot battle 14-7, while the Navy team came a bit unhinged, picking up three yellow cards on the evening.
“It was a great way to start the game, and we were on fire,” head coach Ralph Lundy said. “Navy got ahold of the game and played pretty well later on, but we stayed in it. I’m very happy with that win, but we’ve got to find a way to maintain quality and excellence through 90 minutes.”
The Cougars will look to carry the momentum into Sunday, when they will face the No. 23 ranked FIU Panthers. After playing the vast majority of the game to a draw, FIU dropped its opening game against Furman 1-0 after losing a player to a red card early in the second half.
“We got a real tough game on Sunday that we’re looking forward to,” Lundy said. “FIU is quality, they were in a strange game today, but they’re very, very good.”