Sept. 25, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – College of Charleston scored two first half goals and held off a late Coastal Carolina charge en route to snapping the Chanticleers’ four game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at the Coastal Carolina soccer field.
College of Charleston (5-2-1) picked up the first goal of the game and took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute off the foot of midfielder Sean De Silva. The Cougars created a scoring chance seconds before the goal, but it appeared that the Coastal defense had thwarted that opportunity by gaining possession inside the Chanticleer box.
The Coastal defense attempted to clear the ball out and into space near midfield, but an errant kick drifted right to the feet of De Silva. De Silva gained control of the ball and sent a strike past a diving Scott Angeivne and into the back of the Coastal net.
The Cougars added a second goal just over seven minutes later in the 36th minute with a second unassisted goal. Freshman forward Andy Craven collected his second goal of the season when he scored on a breakaway goal. Craven managed to elude the Chanticleer defense and struck with a chip shot over a leaping Angevine.
Coastal Carolina (3-3-1) cut the College of Charleston deficit in half with a goal by Luis Faz in the 67th minute. Freshman Kristoffer Sandtroen sent a cross from the left side of the field into the Charleston box to a waiting Justin Portillo. Portillo trapped the ball and fired a shot on goal that Cougar keeper Kees Heemskerk saved back into the field of play. Faz sent a one touch shot near post into the open net to tally his second goal of the season.
“I think College of Charleston is a very good team and they were able to put together two goals in the first half,” Coastal head coach Shaun Docking said. “I thought they defended very well in the second half, but I was also very pleased with the number of scoring chances we created. “We’re still trying to find ways to convert those scoring chances against good teams.”
Both Faz and Pedro Ribeiro created scoring opportunities late in the second half with shots on goal, but Heemskerk made four saves in the second half to preserve the victory for the Cougars.
Coastal returns to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Chanticleers travel to Wilmington, N.C., to take on UNC Wilmington from the UNCW Soccer Stadium.