No. 11/12 Chanticleers Draw No. 6/9 Clemson 1-1
CLEMSON - The No. 11/12 Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team played No. 6/9 Clemson to a 1-1 draw Labor Day evening in front of 2,748 fans at the Tigers' Historic Riggs Field. Clemson's Austen Burnikel scored in the first half and Coastal's Bryce Follensbee answered with a score in the second period as both teams ran their respective records to 3-0-1 on the young season.
Clemson snapped the games scoreless tie in the 28th minute as Burnikel redirected a Saul Chinchilla cross in front of the goal mouth into the right corner of the net, providing the Tigers a 1-nil lead. The goal was the first surrendered by the Chanticleers in 297:50 of play that spanned the opening four matches of the season.
Following the Clemson goal, the Chants absorbed a bit more pressure from the Tigers before going on the offensive themselves. Coastal spent the majority of the final 10 minutes of the half with possession on the Clemson half of the field, producing a corner and recording three quality shots.
Follensbee evened the match at 1-1 in the 77th minute with his second score of the season. Elis Bjornsson ignited the play with a ball into the box from the left flank that was touched down by Tobenna Uzo and passed to Jair Espinoza. The Guatemalan sent the ball toward the net where it was redirected into the goal by Follensbee.
The sides exchanged scoring threats over the final 13 minutes, but neither was able to connect on a final pass or shot, sending the fixture to overtime for the second straight season and third time in the series' 12 meetings.
The teams played a pair of fast-paced overtime sessions that featured ample offensive threats from both teams. However, both defenses stood firm and held on for the draw. Coastal's Fernando Pina highlighted the defensive play in the overtimes with four saves.
Clemson ended the match with a 19-10 edge in shots, including a 9-3 margin in shot on frame. Coastal was led on the night by Follensbee and Tommy Gudmundsson with two shots each, while Clemson's Diego Campos and T.J Casner each registered five.
Coastal returns to the friendly confines of the CCU Soccer Stadium, where the program is 87-22-7 all-time, to face William & Mary on Sat., Sept. 12. The match is set for 7 p.m. and is FREE of charge to both CCU students and the general public or can be viewed live on the Big South Network.
6' Coastal created the first look on goal of the game as Uzo chested down a long ball to Follensbee in the box. Follensbee ripped a one-timer, but Clemson's Tarbell was there to for the save.
14' Clemson earned its first corner of the match, but the Tiger threat was easily cleared away by CCU's Einar Einarsson.
19' CU's earned a free kick from yards outside CCU the 18-yard box, Campos' shot on frame was scooped away by Pina for his second save of the match. The ensuing corner was errantly headed away by Clemson, nullifying the Tiger threat.
28' Clemson netted the match's first goal as Chinchilla slid a cross in front of the goal mouth that was redirected into the right corner of the net by Burnikel.
35' Coastal earned its second corner of the match, but the scoring opportunity was spoiled by a Coastal foul.
38' A Clemson foul 32-yard out set up a free-kick by Bjornsson; however, the sophomore's shot attempt sailed over the crossbar.
45' The horn signaled for halftime - with the Chanticleers trailing Clemson 1-0.
55' Coastal picked up where it left off at the end of the first half ... on the offensive. However, the Tiger defense turned away the Chants each time they neared the attacking third.
59' Saif AlHameli appeared to connect a through ball to Espinoza in line with the Clemson defense, but the linesman whistled Espinoza offside after he had found room behind the Tiger defense and was heading toward a 1v1 with the Clemson keeper.
73' Bryce Follensbee centered a cross from the right wing toward a streaking Uzo in the box, but a Clemson defender just got enough of touch to knock the ball away.
77' Follensbee leveled the score line at 1-1 with his second goal of the season. Bjornsson ignited the play with a ball into the box from the left flank that was touched down by Uzo and passed to Espinoza. The Guatemalan sent the ball toward the net where it was redirected into the goal by Follensbee.
93' Coastal's Pina came away with a save on Casner's shot from the right side of the six-yard box.
96' Pina again made a match-saving save on Casner from point-blank range after Casner broke behind the CCU defense for a 1v1 situation.
110' The final horn sounded, resulting in a 1-1 draw.