This week Coastal Carolina (2-4) hosts its last home tournament of the season as it welcomes in Virginia Commonwealth on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. and College of Charleston on Sunday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. for the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. Brown University is also involved in the tournament and will play the earlier games (5 p.m. and noon.) on both days. All the action will take place at CCU Soccer Field.
Scouting Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Commonwealth (2-4) is coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Richmond on Saturday evening. The winning goal was scored with only :41 seconds left in the game. The Rams are led by their stellar seniors Brian Morris and Dominic Oduro. Morris leads the team with three goals this season. Oduro arguable may be the best individual player Coastal will face this season. He was a First Team All-American by Soccer America last season. Oduro is the regining 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year as he led the conference with 16 goals and 33 points last season. This season Oduro was named a preseason All-American by College Soccer News and one of 25 preseason candidates for the Hermann Trophy Watch list. VCU started the season ranked in each of the four major preseason polls and out of their four losses this season two have come to teams ranked in the top-ten.
Series Against Virginia Commonwealth
This is the third time Coastal and Virginia Commonwealth will ever face each other. In 2001 Coastal dropped both its games to Virginia Commonwealth by scores of 2-0 and 3-2. Coastal is 16-14-2 lifetime against teams from the state of Virginia.
Scouting College of Charleston
College of Charleston (3-3-1) are coming in on a good streak having knocked off previously unbeaten Penn, 3-1 on Sunday to win the Adidas/Gamecock Classic after tying Loyola-Chicago on Friday night. The Cougars have played a tough schedule as they dropped a 3-2 decision to #9 Duke on September 9 and 1-0 game to South Carolina already this season. CofC is led junior Jeremy Gold who has tallied 7 goals and 15 points.
Series Against College of Charleston
Coastal leads the all-time series between the two teams at 10-5-3. The last meeting between these two school was last year with CofC escaping with a 3-2 win. Coastal took the early 1-0 lead into the break. After the half senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, BC/Spectrum) scored Coastals second goal of the game to put Coastal up 2-0. But College of Charleston rallied and scored all three of its goals in an 11 minute span to take the game.
Getting it Done
Since Head Coach Shaun Docking took over as CCU coach in 1998 the Chants are an impressive 20-8-3 during in-season tournaments outscoring the opposition a combined 79-40.
Nike Harvard All-Tournament Team
Coastal Carolina senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, BC/Spectrum) and sophomore Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama) both were named to the Nike/Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament.
Another Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team dropped a close 1-0 game to New Hampshire despite outshooting the Wildcats 12-7 including a 4-2 advantage on shots on goal. Senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, BC/Spectrum ) led both teams with three shots including two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak (Katy, Texas/Katy) took the loss for Coastal.
Coastal took a tough defeat against the Crimson of Harvard 3-0. Coastal was outshot by Harvard 17-6. CCU goalkeeper Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope) only allowed a goal in 45 minutes of action but still took the loss for Coastal.
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 Major League Soccer League (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 begin conference play as it makes the long trek to Birmingham, Ala. to take on conference foe Birmingham-Southern at 1 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 1. BSC won the Big South Conference regular season title a season ago only to see Coastal rally to win the conferences post season tournament and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.