The College of Charleston men’s soccer team lost 4-2 against No. 2 North Carolina on Friday night in a constant to-and-fro fight for the win.
The Cougars took the first lead in the first 16 minutes of the game when Robbie Benson found an opening and passed to Eric Fornell who was able to score from 12 yards away. Less than six minutes later, UNC tied the game with a goal off a headed shot.
Following UNC’s first goal, they scored again about five minutes later, taking the lead of 2-1. Minutes later, Charleston was able to equalize the game before halftime when Troy Peterson received a pass from Tony Kattreh and volleyed the ball into UNC’s goal.
The second half proved to be less promising for the Cougars when UNC once again took the lead 10 minutes into the period. Though Sean de Silva attempted a shot at goal, his kick was wide and the Cougars were never able to tie the game up. Instead, UNC strengthened their lead to 4-2 when they scored yet again during the 78th minute.
On Tuesday, the men’s soccer team then traveled to Boone, N.C. to play Appalachian State in a Southern Conference match. Unfortunately, the Cougars experienced another scoreless game after playing through 90 minutes and an additional 20 minutes of overtime play that ended in a 0-0 draw.
Appalachian State outshot the Cougars during both halves and in one 10 minute overtime with a total of 15 shots at goal to CofC’s 11, while de Silva led the team with five attempted shots and one corner kick.
Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Holland) made four saves during the 110-minute game, bringing his total to 68 saves for the season.
The Cougars will next face UNC Greensboro at Patriots Point as they continue Southern Conference play on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm.