Coastal Carolina (2-2) plays in its second road tournament of the season as it travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts to play in the Nike/Harvard Invitational against host school Harvard on Friday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. and New Hampshire on Sunday Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at Ohiri Field.
Harvard (0-1) will be playing its second game of the season after dropping its opening game to #26 Vermont 1-0 last week. Harvard is coming off a 9-7 season a year ago with a 3-3-1 record in the Ivy League Conference. Last season senior midfielder Nicholas Tornaritis led the squad with seven goals and 15 points which earned him Ivy League First-Team honors. Junior Charles Altchek brings his five goals and two assists back from a year ago. Also returning is senior goalkeeper Ryan Johnson who had three shutouts last season.
Series Against Harvard
This is the second time Coastal and Harvard will meet in a match. A year ago CCU downed the Crimson 3-1 in the Furman/Diadora Invitational. Leading the charge for Coastal was former Chants Boyzzz Khumalo and Mubarike Chisoni. Khumalo tallied two goals while Chisoni scored one.
Scouting New Hampshire
New Hampshire (3-0-1) is coming off a strong weekend where they had a scoreless tie with #13 San Francisco and defeated Army 2-0 both at the Vermont Soccer Classic. New Hampshire has yet to give up a goal this season as junior Brian Levey has played 380 scoreless minutes between the pipes. Leading the offensive charge this season has been senior forward Michael Card who has two goals and four points and junior Ross Fishbain also has two goals and four points including two-game winners this season. A year ago New Hampshire was 5-6-7 (3-3-3) with Fishbain leading the squad with 10 points.
Series Against New Hampshire
This is the frst time Coastal and New Hampshire will ever meet. CCU has a career record of 5-4-1 against the American East Conference with a loss earlier this season to Binghamton.
Getting it Done
Since Head Coach Shaun Docking took over as CCU coach in 1998 the Chants are an impressive 20-6-3 during in-season tournaments outscoring the opposition a combined 79-36.
The Honorees Are...
Following the action at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament squad. Seniors Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) and Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)) and sophomore Kevin Van Den Berg (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) are Coastals three honorees.
Senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) had the game-tying and game-winning goal as Coastal won a wild one over Mercer 5-3 on the final day of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational. Sophomore Dominic Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oak Hill College (Macquarie)) took the feed from freshman Djamel Bekka (Tulsa, Okla./Union) for the first tally of the game. Senior Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)) scored an unassisted goal. An own goal by Mercer was scored for the fifth and final tally of the game for Coastal. Sophomore Ryan Nowak (Katy, Texas/Katy (UNC Greensboro)) picked up his second win of the season in the victory. Coastal improved its all-time record against Mercer to an impressive 7-0.
The Australian Connection
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team took the tough loss against #24 Ohio State. CCU outshots the Buckeyes 9-7 including an advantage of 7-6 on shots on goal. Sophomore Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama) took the feed from fellow Australian sophomore Dominic Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oak Hill College (Macquarie)) for the only Coastal goal of the afternoon. It was also the first time the two of them have been involved in a scoring play together.
Three All-Tournament Selections at Adidas Invitational
Following the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament team. The list in order is senior Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)), junior Bobby Zimmer (Sugarlands, Texas/Clements) and freshman Brad Stisser (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Ranch).
A Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina lost a tough 1-0 game to Binghamton in the championship game of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. The game was scoreless in the first half and it wasnt until nearly 25 minutes into the second half that the Bearcats broke through. CCU would have three great opportunities in the second half include several good shots by sophomore Dominic Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oakhill College (Macquarie)) and senior Peter Louis (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands) but BU held on for the victory.
A Team Effort
CCU opened the 2005 season with a team effort victory over Northeastern 6-0. Six different Chants tallied goals. Senior Craig Reed (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) tallied the first goal of the season for Coastal with sophomore Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) senior Peter Louis (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands), senior Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)), freshman Brad Stisser (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Ranch) and sophomore Dominic Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oakhill College (Macquarie)) scoring the next five goals in that order. For the game Kabwe had a goal and an assist.
Chanticleers in Season Openers
With a win against Northeastern to start the season, Coastal Carolina has a career mark of 19-6-1 in season openers dating back to 1978. The Chanticleers have outscored their opponents a combined 70-30 during the first day of the season. The last time Coastal lost a game on opening day was against Wake Forest in 1999 by a score of 6-1. Last season, Coastal defeated Anderson by a score of 8-0 in its first game.
Head coach Shaun Docking won the 115th of his career and his 95th since his arrival at Coastal with his win on Sunday, September 11. He only trails former Coastal coach Paul Banta, who had a record of 166-94-17 in his 14 year career, for career victories at Coastal.
Hughes Moves Up Two Places
With his two goals against Mercer senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) moved into sixth place all-time at Coastal in goals scored. He passed former Chants Claud Huggins and Hilmar Arnason who were in 7th and 6th place, respectively, before Hughes passed them
Coastal Carolina was picked to capture its fifth consecutive Big South Conference title by the conference and its sports information directors. CCU captured nine first place votes and 114 of the 128 points to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southern.
Hughes Picked as Pre-Season Player of the Year
Senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, British Columbia/Spectrum) was selected as the Big South Conferences Preseason Player of the Year. Hughes was the Big Souths scoring leader last season with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists. The 2004 All-Big South First Team Member captured four first-place votes and 13 points overall to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southerns Karim Dietz.
Coastal Carolina brings back 14 letterwinners and six starters from last years team. Besides Hughes, other starters of note back include senior forward Peter Louis (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands), sophomore midfielder Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama), sophomore defenseman Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands and junior defenseman Bobby Zimmer (Sugarlands, Texas/Clements). CCU will also bring back both its goalkeepers Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope) and Jeremy Wolfgang (Reading, Pa./Wilson). The two combined to post the lowest goals-against average in the conference a season ago.
Two Chants Drafted
This past spring CCU had two more players drafted into the MLS. Boyzzz Khumalo and Mubarike Chisoni were drafted with the 36th pick and 46th pick, respectively, by the Chicago Fire and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Chisoni joins former Chant Joseph Ngwenya who was drafted by the Galaxy in 2004.
Momeni Among the Best
Coastal Carolina assistant coach Kom Momeni was named by College Soccer News as one of the top twenty-five assistant coaches in the country in the offseason. Momeni is entering his fourth year as an assistant under head coach Shaun Docking.
Coastal will be make return trip to Conway, S.C. as it host its second in-season tournament of the season. The game on Friday, September 23 will pit Coastal against national power #15 Virginia Commonwealth at 7:30 p.m. CCU will also play a second game against perennial soccer power College of Charleston on Sunday, September 25 at 5 p.m