MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Coker College men's soccer team opened up their 2018 campaign on the road Thursday (Aug. 30) at Mount Olive, where the Cobras were defeated 2-0.
Chances were hard to come by in the early stages of the first half for both squads, but the Cobras saw a Matt Trimby header saved by the Mount Olive keeper after a 17th minute free kick. In the 28th minute, the Trojans managed to convert from the spot to give them a 1-0 advantage in the first half. Goalkeeper Zach Watson did well to get a hand on the penalty kick but was unable to keep it out of the back of the net. Mount Olive tallied a second goal just six minutes later to take a 2-0 lead into the half.
The Navy and Gold came out of halftime with plenty of energy and came close to pulling one back in the 58th minute as Lucas Miquel Castrillo just missed scoring the first goal of the season, hitting the crossbar.
Trimby and Kasper Wallstroem combined to lead the Cobras offensively with two shots a piece and one on target. Castrillo, Christian Provenzano, and Joao Silva each fired off one shot on the night. Watson picked up five saves while going the distance in goal.
The Cobras will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 1) as they travel Barton to take on the Bulldogs in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.