COSASTAL CAROLINA DROPS TWO IN NIAGARA FALLS CLASSIC: The Chanticleers lost both contests this past weekend at the Niagara Falls Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. The Chants faced stiff competition in both contests, falling 1-0 to the regionally ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers and 4-1 to the undefeated Oakland Grizzlies.
RUSSELL, HUNTER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Defender Kyle Russell and forward Robert Hunter were named to the All-Tournament Team as voted on by tournament officials. Russell was a key part in allowing only one goal against the high-powered St. Francis offense, while Hunter scored the Chants lone goal of the tournament on Sunday against Oakland.
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: The Chants three-game losing streak might not be the start that Head Coach Shaun Docking was looking for, but after last seasons early three-game skid, the Chants went on to take three of its next four contests with victories against VMI, George Washington, UNC-Asheville, and Liberty.
SCOUTING THE UNCW/JAMESON INN FIELD:
Charlotte: Friday’s opponent Charlotte enters the tournament with a 2-0 record, and has scored five goals in both of its contests this year. Andres Cuero leads the 49ers with eight points (3g,2a) while Chris Salvaggione has six points (2g, 2a). Overall, the 49ers have 10 players that have at least one point on the season.
Dayton: Sunday’s opponent, the Dayton Flyers, are 2-1-1 on the young season. Offensively, the Flyers are led by Alex Torda, who has three goals on the season, and is coming off a 3-3 draw with Wisconsin where he scored twice. Dayton also boasts a solid goalkeeper in Alex Davis, who has 21 saves and has allowed five goals on the season, good for a goals against average of 1.18.
RUSSELL RACKING UP HONORS: With this past weekends honor of being named to the Niagara Falls Classic All-Tournament Team, Russell has now been named to two All-Tournament teams this season, the first being at the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational. Russell will look to make it three-for-three this weekend as the UNCW/Jameson Inn Classic.
SHOOT EM’ UP: A lack of goals so far this season certainly can’t be because of a lack of opportunities, as the Chants have outshot opponents 54-38 this year.
NEW FACES POPPING UP: With the injury bug biting the Chants early on this season, several more players made their Coastal Carolina debut this past weekend. Philip Blake, a Francis Marion transfer, made his anticpated debut in teal and black, while three freshman, Gray Phelps, Jacob Downey, and Hunter Thames all made their collegiate debuts in the Classic.
HUNTER PROVIDING OFFENSIVE SPARK: Robert Hunter has been Coastal Carolina’s most consistent contributor on offense this year, as he has tallied at least a point in three of the squads four contests (1g, 2a.)