COSASTAL CAROLINA FINISHES THIRD IN COASTAL CAROLINA/adidas Invitational: The Chanticleers went 1-1 and finished third in their annual tournament. The winning squad in the tournament is this weekends destination, Niagara, who went 2-0 with six goals. Longwood matched the Chants with a 1-1 ledger, but had five goals to take the second spot. Florida Atlantic went 0-2 to finish fourth.
RUSSELL, KELLY NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Defender Kyle Russell and midfielder Ross Kelly were both named to the Coastal Carolina/adidas All-Tournament Team for their efforts over over the weekend. Russell was instrumental in a defense that shutout Florida Atlantic, while Kelly used both his size and skill in the midfield for a solid two-way performance in both contests.
SCOUTING THE FIELD: The host team, Niagara, will enter their own tournament with a 2-0 record after winning the Coastal Carolina Tournament. Niagara also is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest NSCAA North-Atlantic Poll, the highest ranking in program history. Saint Francis will enter the tournament with a 1-0-1 record after a 1-1 draw against Navy and 2-1 overtime victory over UMBC in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. Oakland joins the Purple Eagles as the tournaments other 2-0 team, having defeated Oregon State and Wisc.-Green Bay, each by the score of 1-0.
RELOADING, NOT REBUILDING: With the loss of 2007 Second Team All-Big South honoree Djamel Bekka due to injury, the Chants have taken on a new look, especially in the midfield. Senior Travis Mogilski and Kelly have picked up some of the slack in the midfield. Kelly, who also adds much needed height to the position, has had seven shots in two games, while Mogilski has had four shots on goal.
LATHAM IN NET: Redshirt sophomore Phillip Latham started both contests in the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational, and performed well. The Annandale, Va., native picked up his second-career shutout on Friday in the 1-0 blanking of Florida Atlantic, while making several key saves. Saturday, Latham allowed two goals, with one coming on a penalty kick. Overall, the redshirt sophomore has turned away six shots on the young season.
NEW FACES SEEING TIME IMMEDIATELY: Along with Recinos and Hunter, several other new faces have seen time early on for the Chants. Freshman Tyler Miles has received a starting nod in both contests in the midfield and has taken two shots, while transfer James Stapleton has seen action in a forward/midfield position. Brandon Zeller also made his collegiate debut on the backline in Saturday’s contest against Florida Atlantic.