Mens Soccer Falls to Longwood In Hard Fought Battle, 2-1
CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision in the final game of the 2008 Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational tonight, Sat. Aug. 30 at the Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field.
The Chanticleers nearly repeated its fast start from last night, as the Chants earned a corner kick 46 seconds into the contest. Robert Hunter (Pawley’s Island, S.C./Furman) sent a curving cross inside the 18, and freshman Carlos Recinos (Houston, Texas/Cypress Ridge) headed the ball just wide of the net.
Longwood struck first in the 17th minute, as Shane Johnson headed a cross that was just out of the reach of Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Phillip Latham (Annandale, Va./Church Falls). The Lancers carried the 1-0 lead into the half despite facing eight Coastal Carolina shots.
The Lancers generated numerous offensive opportunities in the early portion of the second half, as forward Chernor Diallo struck a promising shot for 10 yards out, but was turned away by a sprawling Latham.
Junior James Stapleton (Barnsley College/Potomac St.) had a shot off a pass from Recinos in the 40th minute that rang off the post, and Matt Schroeder (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) ripped a shot on a cross from Ross Kelly (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) that sailed wide in the 48th minute.
Longwood struck again in the 56th minute, as Bojan Mijatovic drew a found inside the 18 yard box resulting in a penalty kick. Harvey Headley buried the penalty in the upper left corner, extending the Lancer lead to 2-0 with 34 minutes to play.
Redshirt sophomore Riley Phelps (Charleston, S.C./Starrs Mill (Ga.) brought the Chants within a goal in the 72nd minute, taking a cross from Hunter inside the six. Phelps slipped the shot by Lancer goalkeeper Joel Helmick, cutting the Chants deficit in half at 2-1.
Coastal Carolina’s final quality opportunities both came off the foot of senior Travis Mogilski (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield), as Helmick bobbled a shot, but Mogilski’s follow-up shot was turned away with nine minutes to play. Two minutes later, Mogilski beat two Longwood defenders and ripped a shot from 15 yards out that sailed wide.
The Chants will next be in action Fri. Sept. 5 at as the squad travels to NiagaraUniversity for the Niagara Falls Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. The Chants will take on Saint Francis (N.Y.) on Friday, followed by a match-up with Oakland on Sun. Sept. 7 at