In a Saturday afternoon CAA home opener for the College of Charleston Men’s Soccer team, one would expect the high tensions with conference standings on the line. This game was one of high tension, no doubt, but with an undesirable amount of payoff as the Cougars tied conference foe Hofstra 0-0.
The first half gave Cougar fans plenty of hope, however, as they managed to take the only four shots of the period, while Hofstra remained shotless. The first half also contained Charleston’s best opportunity to reach the back of the opponent’s net.
Senior forward Eli Dent had his shot narrowly saved by the Hofstra goalkeeper’s hand, while Cougar fans watched in disbelief as the rebound hit the crossbar and made its way back towards the field of play.
As the game continued into the second half, the Cougars still seemed in control of the pace of the game. The second half contained, even more, offense for Charleston, as they managed to fire away seven more shots, bringing their total up to 11.
This half contained more than just offense for the Cougars. Charleston’s only save of the day came late in the second half, as senior goalkeeper Kevin Shields earned his shutout by making an incredible diving save with his foot. That save seemed to be a massive blow to Hofstra’s morale, as they only managed one more shot following it, in the second overtime period.
Although the Cougars failed to avoid their second tie of the season, this tie can be seen as a positive for the Men’s Soccer program. Coming off of three straight crushing defeats, each by merely one goal, this tie may serve as the clean slate that Charleston needed to push their turbulent season back on track.
Heading into their matchup next week with Georgia State, a non-conference opponent, the Cougar defense will have this game of solid play through exhaustion and fatigue to give them confidence. The offense, on the other hand, should be able to use this missed opportunity to fuel them towards a victory and successful rest of the season.
Heading into their home matchup this coming Tuesday with Georgia State, a non-conference opponent, the Cougar defense will have this game of solid play through exhaustion and fatigue to give them confidence. The offense, on the other hand, should be able to use this missed opportunity to fuel them towards a victory and success for the rest of the season.