After six away games, the College of Charleston men’s soccer team hosted the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Wednesday night at Patriot’s Point losing 3-2 in a rough, contact-to-contact game.
From the moment the clock started and the game began, both teams fought long and hard constantly trying to one up each other. No. 30 Coastal Carolina scored the first goal five minutes into the game which forced the Cougars to retaliate and score a minute later proving that they aren’t a team to be reckoned with. Joey De Mare (Chapin, SC) was able to slip a pass to Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) who was then able to score through a defender’s legs.
The remainder of the first half proved to be just as much of a battle as the first six minutes were. Both teams were fouled back to back in an all out war. Up until the last two minutes of the first period, the only goals made had been at the start.
However, CofC’s Troy Peterson headed the ball into the Coastal Carolina goal less than two minutes before halftime giving Charleston a one-point lead. This was not taken lightly by the Chanticleers who then tied the game in the 44th minute.
The tension between the two opposing teams was noticeable as soon as the second half began. As both teams took shots at the goals, they proved unsuccessful and kept the game tied until the final 11 minutes of the game.
Coastal Carolina made the last goal in the 79th minute and though there was time for the Cougars to tie the game back up, they ultimately were not able to pull out the win.
“I don’t like losing; I’ve got news for you,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “We gave away some goals that we shouldn’t have but we played a very competitive match. I’m not discouraged other than that I don’t like losing. The Cougars stepped up and played hard and I’m happy about the fact that we played a very good game against a very good team. I’m not happy that we gave up goals that should have been taken care of. It was a tough, tough game.”
With a combined 26 fouls and nine yellow cards between the Cougars and the Chanticleers, there was never a moment of peace between the teams.
“They are a very good team and I can see why their record and ranking are what they are. It was a match which both teams wanted to win a great deal. Both teams just played hard.”
The men’s soccer team will continue their Southern Conference play when they face No. 33 Furman on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point.