Nov. 2, 2013
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Despite dominating possession and the pace of play, fifth-ranked Coastal Carolina suffered a stunning 1-0 loss at UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon at the Bulldogs' Greenwood Field.
A penalty kick by Asheville's Paul Egle in the 77th minute, following a Chanticleer foul in the 18-yard box, proved to be the deciding score of the match. The winning goal was set up by a great run from Kenneth Lingerfelt. He dribbled from midfield to the Coastal box and was taken down before he was able to get a shot off. A foul was called and the Bulldogs were awarded the penalty kick.
Following the goal, Asheville's determined defense was able to hold off the hard-pressing Chants to secure the upset victory.
UNC Asheville moves to 5-12-0 (2-6-0 Big South) with the win, while the Chanticleers drop to 12-4-0 (7-1-0 Big South) on the season. The loss was the first suffered by the Chanticleers in Big South regular season play since falling to High Point on Oct. 27, 2010. The Chants had won their previous 26 league matches heading into the day.
The Chanticleers owned a 25-4 advantage in shots and 9-1 edge in corner kicks. Asheville's defense blocked 10 of Coastal's shot attempts. Asheville's goalkeeper Zak Davis made three saves in the opening half and Dan Jackson made five saves in the second half to keep the Chanticleer offense off the scoreboard. In addition, to the play of the Bulldog defense and keepers, the Chants were unlucky themselves as they clanked three shot attempts off the posts.
The Chanticleers came in waves in the final 13 minutes. Agust Arnarson's blast was knocked away by Jackson with 10 minutes left. Frederik Frankman was alone in front of the goal with five minutes left but his shot from six yards out was high.
Coastal mounted one final attack in the waning stages of the contest as Shawn McLaws hit a great shot toward the upper 90 of the far post. However, Asheville's Jackson made used a diving effort to tip the ball over the crossbar for a corner kick. Unfortunately, Coastal was unable to capitalize on their final set piece.
Coastal returns to the friendly confines of the CCU Soccer Field for its final home match of the regular season on Wednesday against Campbell. Prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff the Chanticleers will recognize seniors Justin Portillo, Pedro Ribeiro and Matt Risher for their accomplishments and contributions to the Coastal Carolina men's soccer program.