Melchor Lifts Coastal Past South Carolina, 1-0
CONWAY - A first-half goal by junior midfielder Martin Melchor and several key saves late in the game by junior goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz powered the Coastal Carolina men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over South Carolina Friday night at the CCU Soccer Stadium.
The victory is Coastal's first of the year and improves the Chants to 1-2-1 overall. South Carolina, meanwhile, falls to 1-3 on the season.
Melchor closed the game with four total shots, including two on goal, while Linares-Ortiz recorded his second straight clean sheet following a scoreless draw with UAB last time out. Frantzdy Pierrot matches Melchor with four shots, putting all four on frame.
The Chants outshot the Gamecocks 15-9 overall, and 9-4 in shots on goal. South Carolina held a 8-6 advantage in corners, and was led by the three shots of midfielder Danny Deakin.
For the second straight game the Chants controlled the pace of play in the opening half, putting seven shots on frame to South Carolina's one.
Pierrot had two quality opportunities in the game's 15th minute, getting a one-on-one look that was saved by the USC keeper William Pyle. Pierrot collected his own rebound, however, and fired another shot at net that was saved by a Gamecock defender that managed to get himself back in the play.
Melchor's tally came less than three minutes after Pierrot's pair of chances. A Coastal corner in the 18th minute found the head of Pierrot, who directed the ball towards the top of the box. Melchor collected the loose ball and hammered it home to put the Chants in front.
Louis Dargent nearly converted another Chanticleer corner as the half drew to an end, heading a ball on frame that was directed over the crossbar by Pyle in the 40th minute.
Pierrot continued the Chants' offensive onslaught early in the second half, putting two more shots on goal in 47th minute.
Those were Coastal's final two scoring chances of the game, however, as South Carolina tilted the field and out-shot the Chants 7-1 for the remainder of the contest. Three of those seven shots -- coming from Kevin Walker, Ianev Wallander and Luca Mayr -- tested Linares-Ortiz, though the Chanticleer keeper proved up to the task.
Coastal takes to the road for its next four matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. meeting with Charlotte on Tuesday, Sept. 13.