SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's soccer team was impressive in a 3-0 win over Wofford on Sunday afternoon to guarantee the Cougars a home game in the opening round of the Southern Conference Championship.
The Cougars were the dominant team from the onset and denied the Terriers a single shot attempt in the opening half. The Cougars outshot Wofford, 8-0, in the period and ultimately 14-2 on the day.
"The team came out with the right mentality today which isn't easy to do on Sundays on the road," said head coach Christian Michner. "To hold a team like Wofford to just two shots is really quite impressive. Our commitment and discipline on the defensive side is the type that helps you win championships so hopefully we can carry that into next week."
The win and three points in the SoCon standings assure the Cougars finish in the top four and thus home field advantage in the opening round of the conference tournament on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The first goal came in the 13th minute when Hutchens headed home a corner kick sent in by Sarah Cardamone (Downingtown, Pa.).
Hutchens' goal would prove to be the game winner as Cricket Wise (Walhalla, S.C.) made two saves and with the help of the Cougar defense earned her second shutout of the season.
Atkinson added an insurance goal in the 49th minute from five yards away with an assist by Lindsay Frey (Cincinnati, Ohio). She tacked on another in the 73rd from eight yards out with the assist coming from Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.).
The Cougars have a quick turnaround before a midweek contest with crosstown-rival The Citadel.
"We'll only have a couple days to prepare and get ready so we'll need to be sharp in practice," said Michner. "The crosstown rivalry we have is always an exciting one. They'll come out with a lot of heart and intensity and we'll have to match that. If we can, our ability to create and score goals should be enough for us to win."
The Citadel match is the regular season finale and will be played at The Citadel on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.