Over the weekend, the women’s soccer team hosted the annual College of Charleston Cup at Patriots Point, featuring squads from Illinois, Jacksonville, and UAB.
The lady Cougars dropped their first matchup of the weekend against Illinois, 3-0, on Friday evening.
From their first attack of the game, the Illini proved their class on a long run down the left by Nicole Breece. She played in a left footed cross from the edge of the box to Reagan Robishaw, who curved a one timer around Cougar sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Killian for a goal just three minutes into the game.
The Illini moved the ball with ease, playing unselfishly and spacing the field well. They were able to advance the ball down the wings with little resistance. In the 14th minute, Illinois capitalized on a corner for their second goal by Allison Stucky.
In the 33rd minute, the Illini scored their third goal of the first half, as Robishaw passed up a good look on goal for an easy assist to Kara Marbury.
Illinois outshot Charleston by a staggering 10-2 in the first half as their pressure offensively earned them a staggering 10 corner kicks.
The Cougars’ defense improved in the second half, yet Charleston could not muster a shot on goal during the entire half. Illinois finished the game with a 17-2 advantage in shots. The only Charleston shots on goal came in the fifth (Sarah Blakely) and 38th (Sarah Cardamone) minutes.
On Sunday afternoon, Charleston lost their second matchup in the tournament to Jacksonville, 2-1.
The Cougars played significantly better against Jacksonville than they did against Illinois. Charleston outshot Jacksonville 15-6, but could not put in the equalizer.
All three of the game’s goals were scored in the first 11 minutes. For the second straight game, the Cougars allowed a quick goal as Jacksonville scored less than a minute into the game.
Cardamone answered with a goal of her own in the sixth minute to tie the score at one. However, just five minutes later, Jacksonville scored what turned out to be the deciding goal.
Cardamone looked to possibly have a chance at tying the game in the 75th minute, but Jacksonville’s goalie Sarah Sierra used a fully extended leap to save the looping shot.
The Cougars had one last attempt as time wound down, but Sierra scooped up a shot by Mary Kate Bowers as time expired.
The Charleston women now head for the Rockies, taking on Omaha and Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. later next weekend.