Hartsville, SC- Coker College used a solid second half to defeat the Converse College All-Stars 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Coker College Soccer Field. The Cobras were able to do something that no other opponent had done this season, shutout the Converse offense. Coker improves to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the CVAC, while Converse drops to 2-3 overall, and 1-2 in the CVAC.
In the first half, both teams looked evenly matched and each had their fair share of opportunities to put some points on the board. The Cobras out shot the All-Stars 12-6, but neither side seemed more dominate than the other giving way to 0-0 tie at the half.
In the second half Coker turned up the intensity. “We came out and really played with some passion,” said Coker Coach Tim Wolz, who earned his fist victory at the helm of the Cobras. “After we scored that first goal everything just seemed to flow and the girls really played well.” Coker’s first goal came from senior Megan Shaver in the 68th minute, who received a long pass from center back Shelly Heinzelman and took it all the way in for the goal.
Shaver struck again just two minutes later, this time with help from Bridget Clark, who fed Shaver a cross from 20 yards out and then buried it in the back of the net. The Cobras third and final goal came from Kathryn Freidmann with an assists from Jessica Ingle.
“I am disappointed with our second half performance,” said Coach Brian Diaz. “But I know we are young and we will continue to grow throughout the season.”
Converse totaled nine shots in the game with seven of them coming from Ashley Carry. The All-Stars goalkeeper, Kaitlyn Price, recorded 13 saves in the game, while Coker’s keeper, Krista Coleman, recorded six.
Coach Diaz remarked about his freshman keeper, “Kaitlyn Price had a strong afternoon and probaly kept us in the game longer with some big saves.”
The Lady Cobras next match will be at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Wednesday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m., while Converse hosts Queens University on Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m.