The College of Charleston men's soccer team concluded its trip out west with a 3-2 victory over Denver on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars took a 2-0 lead before allowing Denver back into the match but recaptured the lead for good in the 74th minute.
CofC improves to 4-2-1 with the win while Denver drops to 1-3-2.
CofC captured the lead with the game's first goal in the 25th minute when Ralphie Lundy (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) served a ball into the box. Shawn Ferguson (Rock Hill, S.C.) elevated above the crowd and got his head to the ball to move it to Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.) who netted it for his third goal of the season.
CofC took the one-goal lead to the locker room despite being outshot, 6-5, by Denver.
In the second half, CofC pulled further ahead when Andy Craven (St. Simon's Island, Ga.) fed Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) in the box and de Silva scored from five yards for the 2-0 lead after 55 minutes of play.
Denver stormed back with a pair of goals by Brian Hoyt over the next 15 minutes of play. The first came off a ball into the box with assists by Jarod Stigall and Alex Tarnoczi and the equalizer was scored on a 40-yard free kick.
The Cougars wouldn't let the tie hold for long as Peterson sent a ball over Craven's head which Craven ran on to in stride and scored to the far side of the net from 15 yards.
The Pioneers outshot CofC 14-12 but both teams put five attempts on frame.
The Cougars now head back east to open the Southern Conference portion of their schedule. The SoCon slate opens at Wofford on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.