College of Charleston men’s soccer team (2-1-1) began conference play over the weekend, earning a hard-fought 1-1 tie against former Southern Conference foe Elon (3-1-1).
“The conference is a war,” Charleston head coach Ralph Lundy said. “I think it’s going to be like that all year. Everyone in our conference knows that every game counts. I mean it is so brutally competitive. But man, I love it.”
The physical match drew intense scrutiny from the officials, as 36 fouls and four yellow cards were divvied out over the 110 minutes.
Charleston’s Joseph Terry began the scoring in the final minute of the first half with his second goal of the season on a redirect from a Vebjorn Krovel header.
“I saw a real good first half by us and a very good goal, as well as some chances to score other goals,” head coach Ralph Lundy said.
Tuki Tayali’s equalizing goal in the 62nd minute sent this rivalry to overtime for the fourth consecutive meeting dating back to 2012. After two ten minute periods with no goals, the sides ended up walking away with a draw.
With only one blemish on the day, Kevin Shields keeps true to his namesake. Through four games, he is allowing just one goal per game.
In the coaches’ poll, Elon entered the week receiving votes, but sit just outside the top 25 in the poll. In earlier action this year, Elon sported a 12-3 goal differential through four games. Led by Allijah Agu’s CAA leading five goals, the Phoenix provide an excellent early test for the Cougars.
“[Elon] had an amazing season last year, and they’re very strong this year and we matched them in the match. In my opinion, I think we should have won the match.”
The Cougars return to non-conference action this weekend in the Pacific Northwest, as they head to Washington to face two top 25 opponents, Seattle and Washington.