Rejuvenated Cougars fade in the 2nd, lose 0-1

Rejuvenated Cougars fade in the 2nd, lose 0-1

So here’s a quick summary of tonight’s College of Charleston loss to the Wilmington Ospreys,

Gus Williams of Wilmingto kills a corner chance.

Gus Williams of Wilmingto kills a corner chance.

From roughly the fifth minute until the end of the first half, the Charleston Cougars played like a swarm of angry bees. They didn’t put up a huge statistical distinction, but for 45 minutes, they looked as good as I’ve seen them play this season. Only a stellar night by Wilmington goalkeeper Gus Williams — and a clutch header-save by a field player off Connor Coons’ sharp corner-kick header (see top photo) — kept the sheet clean to half.

Wilmington made adjustments at half, and the Cougars never regained the midfield mastery they demonstrated in the first 45.  The College suffered one lapse, surrendered a textbook cross-and-fill goal, and spent the rest of the night chasing the game. 

In short remarks before walking off the field, Charleston Coach Ralph Lundy Jr. said the team needed to create more chances.

Alternately, one goal would have probably been enough, and the Cougars looked like they were on the brink of finding it three or four times in the first half. The reason for that was Lundy’s Trinidad combo in the attacking center. With freshman forward Adan Noel running the middle channels and freshman central attacking midfielder Xavier Rajpaul working behind him, the Cougars created and exploited space in the middle of the park for much of the night.

In the second half, however…

Look, I’m running off little sleep, and it’s an early work day tomorrow. And odds are you don’t want to read about a loss anyway. So here’s a link to Nick Vlattas’ game story, and I’ll save the rest and the bulk of the photo gallery for the weekend roundup.

Ralph Lundy speaks to players after the match Saturday night.

Ralph Lundy speaks to players after the match Saturday night.