With the hysteria of a hurricane approaching, the College of Charleston women’s soccer brought the bluster onto the field Aug. 31, crushing Charleston Southern 4-0.
This is a welcome turnaround from their early season troubles, as the Cougars are now on a two game roll, quickly moving on from a few early season hiccups. In the last two games, the Cougars have scored seven goals, easily brushing away their competition, and giving up none, after several strong performances at the back.
After competing in two preseason tournaments, the Charleston Classic, and the University of Texas Tournament, it is time for the Cougars to focus on league play. The Cougars will be leaning on many strong performances from senior goalkeeper, Lauren Killian, who just became the all-time record holder for most saves at the College. Up top, the continued excellence Laura Ortega will be crucial to the team’s ability to create opportunities and ultimately capitalize upon them.
The Cougars’ schedule this year allows them to host a bulk of games at Patriots Point, before they head up the coast to continue the rest of their away games. The team’s goal this year ultimately lies in their ability to make the CAA tournament, and then progress toward the finals.
The women’s team will look to an injection of youth from their eight freshmen to power them through league play and then into the conference tournament. So far, the Cougars seem to have shoved off last season’s disappointments and are already using them as motivation for a successful new season.
The home next game will be on Friday, Sept. 9 (7 p.m.) at Patriots Point against Stetson.