Cougar Soccer opens season with 5-1 win over Whale Branch
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Cougar football team opened the regular season with a 5-1 win over non-conference opponent Whale Branch High School on March 1 at home. In the first Region VII-AAAA game of the season, the Cougars were shut out 8-0 by May River High School on March 4.
In the win over Whale Branch High School, Jeremiah Howell had two goals and an assist and Westin Palmer had a goal and an assist. Avery Floresca and Chandler McMillan each added a goal and Evan Stroble was credited with an assist.
In the loss to No. 3-ranked May River High School, the Cougars trailed 7-0 at halftime.
“After giving up two quick goals in the first three minutes, the team refused to attack, which played into the way May River played,” coach Brian Reid said. “We wanted to play defensively so as not to give up the first goals and shorten the game to half time, but instead we refused to advance and collapsed towards goal creating all sorts of problems for us. themselves and chances for May River.
“We’re a young team, and it was the first time we were challenged from the opening whistle. We just didn’t respond by losing our defensive and offensive form,” Reid said.
“Azion White played phenomenally at goalkeeper in the May River game,” he said. “He had at least 10 amazing saves and finished with 20 saves on the night. After the game, the May River coach acknowledged his game, saying he was fantastic, and we should have a great season if he keeps playing like that every night.
During the preseason, the Cougars faced Wade Hampton High School (loss, 3-2) and Colleton Prep Academy (victory, 5-1).
“Our scrimmage against Wade Hampton was a home and away game with us trailing 1-0 at halftime,” coach Brian Reid said. “We took a 2-1 lead in the second half but conceded a late goal from a corner following a play error by the defense and the goalkeeper. It was a great learning experience. We had some good moments and some not so good ones, but you could say it was our first scrum. We’re going to have to play more like a team.
“In our scrum against Colleton Prep, we scored all of our goals in the second half,” Reid said. “The first half didn’t go as planned because we failed to manage our business. We played much better in the second half managing our attack and communicating. We are young with two seniors, a few juniors and sophomores, and a large number of freshmen.
Colleton County has a 1-1 overall record and an 0-1 start in regional play. They were due to travel to Lucy Beckham High School on March 8 and host Hilton Head High School on March 11.