Lady Cougar Soccer honors seniors
by The Press and Standard | April 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Lady Cougar Soccer team honored its senior players prior to last week’s contest against Bluffton High School.
Nine seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program including Cameryn Coursen, Kate Downey, Caroline Duffie, Kari Edwards, Stephanie Hooker, McKenna Mabry, Amiyah Robinson, India Stokes and Amber Warren.
The Lady Cougars fell short, 2-1, against the Lady Bobcats after a scoreless first half. Bluffton took a 1-0 lead with eight minutes left in the game and scored again with less than 3:00 minutes on the clock to make it 2-0. Amiyah Robinson scored Colleton County’s lone goal with 2:00 minutes left in the game after burying a low shot into the corner of the net.
“It was a hard-fought contest while being short-handed,” said Coach Brian Reid. “We only had 13 players for the game due to numerous players missing for other events and one based on poor performance in the classroom. Academics come first in this program, so there is no excuse. I hold all my players to a high standard in classroom and athletic performance.
“I shifted players around trying to give us a spark,” said Reid. “Both teams went back and forth in the first 40 minutes. Kate came up with some big saves and was highly active in controlling the 18-yard box to help support the defense. She did an outstanding job all night.
“The team played solid offense and defense all night,” said Reid. “We had several opportunities in the first half, but their keeper made some great saves. We made some adjustments when Bluffton changed their formation, but as a team, we felt we were playing positive. We focused on being positive in our attack, moving the ball, using our teammates and supporting each other. Because we’ve had some negativity during tough games, I reminded the team to remain positive, giving praise and positive comments always. It was great to see them supporting each other.
“Our response to Bluffton scoring first was fantastic, as we upped the pressure and went on the attack,” said Reid. “Kate Downey played really tough, as did all the seniors. The last two minutes were extremely frantic as we attacked and attacked. It was a tough loss on Senior Night, but I could not be prouder of how they played and the determination they showed. They never backed down and never quit until the final whistle. We need this same effort in the last two games of the season if we are going to have a shot at playoffs. We know we can compete with any team in the region — we just need that heart and determination for 80 minutes every time we step on the field.”
Earlier in the week, Colleton County fell 5-0 against Beaufort High School.
“We could not have picked a worst time to have our poorest performance of the season,” said Reid. “In a game we needed to win, we just never seemed into the game. We hoped to carry the momentum forward from one of our strongest performances last week against Hilton Head, but the effort was not there as a team. We played flat in the back which Beaufort easily exposed. We changed formations hoping for a spark, but Beaufort hit us with a quick counter attack. We tried to adjust at the half, but Beaufort scored two goals with us offering very little attack. It was stunning to watch after we gave such a great performance the game before. We have never played, nor taught, playing a flat back four, but we were in that formation all night.”