Bulldogs Fall to Chanticleers in Home Opener
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel women's soccer team dropped its home opener to Coastal Carolina 3-0 on Washington Light Infantry Field on Friday. The loss leaves the Bulldogs with a record of 0-4-0 on the season.
Goalkeeper Sarah Katchen shined in net as the junior recorded five tough saves, stymying two Chanticleer breakaways in the second half as the Bulldog backfield allowed Coastal Carolina (3-3-0) to post 19 shots, including eight on net.
"It was frustrating because we work hard but we need that extra push to put all of our heart into the game," said Katchen.
Freshman Jannel Johnson played well on the attack controlling the ball on the Bulldog's side of the field to record a personal-best six shots. Vanessa Aponte followed behind Johnson with four shots, including the lone shot on goal for The Citadel in the final seconds that was nabbed by Coastal Carolina keeper Megan Spencer.
The Chanticleers came out firing three quick shots in the first eight minutes to open up the game before the Bulldogs settled down and were able to control the ball on their side of the field.
The Citadel's best scoring opportunity came in the 32nd minute when Anastasia Mesa drove a corner kick into the box that was headed by Johnson into the crossbar. Nicole Levermann collected the deflection and drove a shot towards the net but it was blocked by a Coastal Carolina defender.
Shortly after the scoring opportunity, the rain and lighting moved in causing a one hour delay with just four minutes left in the first half.
After the weather cleared, the teams closed out the first frame playing to a 0-0 draw.
It wouldn't take long in the second half for the first goal to be notched by Coastal Carolina's Kacey Kelley who took a pass from teammate Ashley Day and drilled it into the net from about 12 yards out.
The Citadel would get a few more scoring opportunities in the second half as Johnson and Aponte drove powerful shots towards the goal that sailed wide left and high.
Coastal Carolina used their height advantage to collect two more second half goals, both headed in off corner kicks, to finish out the game with a 3-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs' 15 shots are the most they have recorded in a match this season.
"Despite the weather circumstances I thought we played hard and kept good composure all over the field," said sophomore defender Grace Raines. "Johnson held the ball well and took quality shots while Taylor Darling controlled the back and played strong."
The Citadel will host Northern Iowa next as they take on the Panthers this Sunday at noon on WLI Field.
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