Cougars look to build on dominant weekend

Last weekend, the College of Charleston athletic teams won just about everything they touched. This weekend, they will try to keep that momentum going.

The men’s soccer team defeated Stanford and Dayton, both of which received Top 25 votes in the NCAA coaches poll, last week at home. This weekend, they will travel three hours up I-26 to Greenville to face Memphis at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and UNC Wilmington at noon on Sunday.

The women’s soccer team, which defeated Charleston Southern and held No. 1 Florida State scoreless for 40 minutes before falling last weekend, will host the College of Charleston Cup at Patriots Point. The Cougars will face South Florida at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, followed by Eastern Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The volleyball team won its home tournament a week ago with a resounding 3-0 win over the Slovenian Junior National Team and a gritty 3-1 victory over Memphis. But the schedule just gets tougher for head coach Jason Kepner’s squad. This weekend, they are in Lawrence, Kan., to take on Kansas (Friday, 12:30 p.m.), Wyoming (Friday, 6:30 p.m.) and Arizona State (Saturday, 1 p.m.) in the Jayhawk Invitational.

The cross country teams had a successful opening meet last Friday in Columbia, with the men winning the collegiate division of the USC Gamecock Invitational and the women finishing second. They return to their home course on Johns Island on Friday when they host the College of Charleston Invitational.

The Cougar sailing team, which was named the top co-ed team in the country last season, will kick off its 2012-13 campaign at home this weekend with the  SAISA Open N/S No. 1.

Finally, the men’s and women’s golf teams both open their seasons at home on Sunday as the women host the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall and the men host The Invitational at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. The courses and strong fields make these two of the most competitive events in all of college golf, and The Invitational gives collegiate players a chance to play the same course that just hosted the PGA Championship. Both events run through Tuesday.

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