Lady Cougars let Devils best them | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 31, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 31, 2016 at 5:52 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Lady Cougar Soccer team dropped two contests this past week against Wade Hampton and Bluffton. Heading into spring break this week, the Lady Cougars are 5-3 overall.
Against Wade Hampton on Tuesday March 22, Colleton County lost 6-2. Wade Hampton came out strong in the contest, scoring four goals early. Stephanie Hooker scored in the first half for the Cougars to make it 4-1 at the half. Allyn Wiggins scored the only other goal for Colleton County on a set play in the second half.
Coach Danny Wiggins said the Lady Cougars’ third loss of the season against Wade Hampton was a difficult one. “It was hard to swallow,” said Wiggins on the loss against the Red Devils. “We just didn’t show up and we came out flat. We have some injuries, but still. We watched as they took shots from the distance. We could have competed better.”
The Lady Cougars were shut out 5-0 against Bluffton on Thursday evening on the road. “Unlike other games where we started out slow, this game the first five minutes, we came out strong,” said Wiggins. “But 10 minutes later, we got flat and they capitalized on our mistakes and beat us to *****. Bluffton has a strong team of talented players, who are very physical and aggressive.”
Colleton County combined passes and created opportunities up top early in the contest, before Bluffton wore them down. They answered by dropping Wiggins to center midfield and slotted Faith Allen and Amiyah Robinson to forwards. “We had five shots on goal first half and Rachel had six saves,” said Wiggins. “They scored four goals in the half which resulted from simple mistakes such as missed tackles, over-committing on ***** in the air or just plain watching while they beat us to *****. We came back after the half and responded well. We knew we had to win the half and not allow them to capitalize on mistakes, by winning every ball and taking shots early and often.”
The strategy worked for the Lady Cougars in the second half of play. Colleton County recorded 19 tackles, took 10 shots, collected six saves and allowed only one goal. “This shows we can compete with the best,” acknowledged Wiggins.
The junior varsity team fell 3-0 to Bluffton. They are now 1-4 on the season.