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Men's Soccer Set to Open 2008 Season

       

Men's Soccer Set to Open 2008 Season

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COASTAL CAROLINA GOES 1-1 IN EXHIBITIONS: The Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team went 1-1 in two preseason exhibition contests, defeating Elon 3-0 (8/24) and losing to Campbell 4-0 (8/18)

CHANTS HOST CHANTICLEER/adidas INVITATIONAL: Coastal Carolina will host its annual Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational Aug. 29-30 at the Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field. Florida Atlantic, Longwood and Niagara will join the Chants to round out the invitational field. Friday’s match-ups include Longwood and Niagara at 4 p.m. and the Chants taking on FAU at 7 p.m. Saturday’s slate features Niagara and Florida Atlantic at 3 p.m., and Coastal Carolina taking on Longwood at 7 p.m.

CHANTS RETURN FOUR ALL-BIG SOUTH HONOREES: Senior captains Kyle Russell, and Djamel Bekka return after earning All-Big South honors in their junior seasons. Sophomore midfielder Matt Schroeder and second year forward Kelly Porter enter this season after earning All-Big South Freshman Team honors in their first campaign for the Chants.

NEW FACES MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS IN PRESEASON:Several new faces have made contributions in the preseason for the Chants, most notably forwards Carlos Recinos and Robert Hunter. Recinos, a freshman from Texas, had a goal and an assist in against Elon, while Hunter, a junior transfer from Furman, has seen significant action in both preseason contests. Defender Tom Bellingham, a transfer from Sheffield-HallamUniversity in England, has received a starting nod in both exhibitions.

CHANTICLEERS BOAST SEVEN TRANSFERS ON 2008 ROSTER:Along with Hunter and Bellingham, five other transfers join the Chanticleer roster after competing at different institutions in 2007. Defenders Joseph Anderson (Cornerstone), Philip Blake (Francis Marion), midfielders James Stapleton (Potomac St.) and Mark Morris (Louisburg JC) and forward Scott Ricketts (Louisburg JC) add collegiate experience to a young Chanticleer squad.

COMPETITION IN GOAL:Docking’s two main choices in goal are redshirt-sophomore Phillip Latham and true sophomore Matt Smith, both of whom have seen equal time in the preseason. The duo combined to shutout Elon in Sunday nights exhibition in the 3-0 victory.

2007 season review

COASTAL carolina Eliminated From Big South Tournament Following 3-1 Loss to Radford:The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team, which allowed just two goals in six league regular season games, allowed three in the semifinal round of the Big South Conference Tournament as the top-seeded Chanticleers fell 3-1 to No. 4 seed Radford at Eagles Field on the campus of Winthrop, Nov. 17. Freshman Ross Kelly netted the Chanticleers’ lone goal.

dUBE nAMED pLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior Kheli Dube was named the Big South Player of the Year. He led the league in points scored (27), while finishing second in goals (11) and third in assists (5). He was named the Big South Player of the Week a league-record four times this season and was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, Oct. 7. He tallied five game-winning goals on the season and becomes the first Chanticleer to claim the Player of the Year honor since Joseph Ngwenya won the award back-to-back in 2002 and 2003.

DOCKING TABBED COACH OF THE YEAR: Head Coach Shaun Docking was selected as the Big South Coach of the Year. Docking led the Chants to a perfect 6-0 slate to become just the fifth team in the history of the Big South to finish with a perfect conference record. He has been named the Big South Coach of the Year five times, with four of the honors coming while at the helm for Coastal Carolina. Docking guided the Chants to the No. 1 seed in the Big South Conference Tournament in 2007.

FOUR CHANTS NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: The Chants had three members selected to the All-Big South First Team and one to the Second Team. Senior Kheli Dube, senior Kevin Van Den Berg and junior Kyle Russell were named to the First Team, while junior Djamel Bekka was selected to the Second Team.