Clayton State falls 3-1 to Coker; to host Flagler Sat.
HARTSVILLE, SC – The Clayton State women's soccer team won every category on the stat sheet on Tuesday, except for the most important one … goals scored.
Despite outshooting Coker College 23-7 in the match, the Lakers fell 3-1 to the Cobras dropping its record to 3-2 on the year. Clayton State will have to regroup quickly, as the squad will open its Peach Belt Conference schedule on Saturday, hosting Flagler in a 5 p.m. match at Laker Field.
"It was a tough day at the office," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "We hit the frame 4 times and had numerous chances. Bottom line, we didn't get it done and Coker took advantage of their chances."
The Lakers fell behind early in the match as Coker's Jaylnn Fortt scored after a cross from Katie Cooper 14 minutes into the match.
After neither team scored for the remainder of the half, Coker's Kelley Godbout scored two goals in the second half to lead the Cobras to the victory. Her first goal came in the 49th minute off an assist from Fort, while her second goal came off an assist from Cooper in the 77th minute.
Clayton State senior forward Natalia Valentine scored the Lakers lone goal in the 82nd minute on a give-and-go from junior midfielder Lea Notthoff. The goal was Valentine's team leading fifth of the year.
Along with taking 16 more shots than Coker, the Lakers also had nine more shots on goal than the Cobras in the match.