Most people would think of Labor Day weekend in Tampa, Florida as a chance to relax and soak up some sun. The CofC Women’s Soccer team, however, had only the idea of victories in mind in preparation for the University of South Florida soccer tournament.
The Cougars went into the USF tournament with a 2-1 record and were ready for their first opponent Murray State. Only a minute and forty-five seconds into the game, senior Hannah Gmereck made the first goal for the Cougars.
Later in the first half, junior Sarah Schailde also scored an unassisted goal. Murray State managed to score one goal before the end of the half, but the Cougars were not phased by the goal and played even harder during the second half of the game.
Gmereck came back to make another goal assisted by junior Haley Hutchens in the second half, putting the Cougars up 3-1.
The girls forced the score up two more goals before the end of the game with an unassisted goal by freshman Francesca Kentimenos and another by freshman Sarah Cardamone with an assist from sophomore McCallie Jones for a strong 5-1 victory.
The Cougars played an excellent game both offensively and defensively. CofC goalkeeper, senior Cricket Wise, played an impressive 90-minute game with a total of five saves.
The Cougars took a total of 13 shots throughout the game.
CofC faced Vanderbilt University during the second day of the tournament. The first half of the game remained scoreless as both the Cougars and the Commodores battled for the ball.
Vanderbilt started back the second half of the game strong with their first goal ten minutes into the half. The Cougars fought hard throughout the game but fell just short as the Commodores scored again in the remaining minutes of the game with a final score of 0-2.
Now with a record of 3-2, CofC will prepare to host their own tournament next weekend: College of Charleston Cup. The tournament will begin on Friday September 9th as the Cougars face off against Cincinnati at 7:30PM. They will again play on Sunday at 2:30PM against Old Dominion.
Both games will be played at Patriot’s Point. Transportation will be provided for fans and will leave the Stern Center approximately a half hour before each game.