WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Redshirt senior Chris Perez netted the game-winning goal in the 40th minute and redshirt freshman Mac Phillips made three saves en route to a shutout, as the William and Mary men’s soccer team blanked College of Charleston, 1-0, on Saturday night.
William and Mary improves to 5-3-1, 1-1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the College of Charleston falls to 2-7-0, 0-2-0. A season-high 725 people were on hand at Martin Family Stadium for the match.
The first 15 minutes of the match played pretty evenly, until William and Mary was able to turn up the early pressure. The Green and Gold was able to get off three shots in a four minute span, but junior Chris Albiston’s shot on goal, the only one on goal, was saved by Alex Young.
Charleston’s first strong chance came in the 34th minute. Adan Noel was able to place a shot on target, but Phillips came up with the stop for the Green and Gold.
In the 40th minute, sophomore Jackson Eskay sent a long through ball that found Perez streaking towards the box. Perez took the ball to about 18 yards out, in floated the ball into the upper left corner, giving the Tribe the 1-0 advantage. The tally was the second of the season for Perez.
The Cougars came out of the break looking to find the equalizer quickly. In the 50th minute off of a corner kick, Connor Coons pushed a shot just wide.
Following the quick Charleston outburst, William and Mary went back on the attack. Eskay, Perez and sophomore Ryan Flesch all fired shots, but Alex Young and the Cougars’ defense were there for the stops.
Charleston’s best chance came on a counter-attack in the 56th minute. Noel controlled the ball and rushed the box and had a one-versus-one with Phillips. Phillips stopped Noel’s first shot, but Noel was able to control the rebound. Noel second shot was wide and out of play, and the threat stalled.
Phillips ended the night making three saves on his way to his CAA-leading fifth shutout of the season. The Franklin, Va. native now owns a 0.71 goals-against average.
The Tribe outshot the Cougras 21-10, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. William and Mary also held a narrow margin in corner kicks, 10-9.
William and Mary returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 9 when they welcome nationally-ranked UMBC to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.