CHARLOTTE, N.C. Former Coastal Carolina mens soccer standout Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) scored his first professional goal Wednesday, May 19, in the Los Angeles Galaxys 4-2 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Ngwenya scored L.A.s fourth goal of the match to put the Galaxy up 4-0 in the 44th minute. He has appeared in seven of the Galaxys eight matches so far this season, drawing four starts and tallying 329 minutes and five shots. L.A. currently leads the Western Conference with a 4-1-3 record on the season.
Ngwenya was drafted by the Galaxy as the third overall pick in the 2004 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft in January, becoming the first CCU athlete to ever be taken in the first round of any sports draft. He led the nation in scoring both his junior and senior seasons at Coastal, and was named National Player of the Year by Soccer America and Soccer Times as a senior. Ngwenya was also named a first team All-American and was one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the top collegiate player in the nation. A two-time Big South Conference Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ngwenya helped the Chanticleers to their third consecutive NCAA tournament berth in 2003, where they advanced to the third round for the first time in school history and ended the season with a 20-3 record.