Sept. 22, 2009
LAST TIME OUT: COASTAL CAROLINA TIES FURMAN IN HARD FOUGHT BATTLE: The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team earned a 3-3 tie against Furman (Sept. 17) at home. Debola Ogunseye opened the scoring 26:01 into the game after dribbling around a Coastal defender to beat goalkeeper Taylor Kelliher. Nearly six minutes later, the Chanticleers would tie the match when Alex Russell’s blocked shot came to senior James Stapleton, who put the ball past Furman goalkeeper Alex Kann. The first half ended in a 1-1 tie. Coastal Carolina was the first to strike in the second half as Joe Anderson was set up in a play from Stapleton and Ross Kelly to earn his first goal as a Chanticleer, putting Coastal Carolina up 2-1. The lead for Coastal lasted just a minute as Ogunseye headed the ball after a set-up play from Jordan Howard to tie the game once again. Anderson tallied his second goal of the night soon after, which was assisted by Djamel Bekka at 71:34 and put the Chants up on the scoreboard 3-2. The Paladins tied the game at three after Ogunseye received a cross pass from Fabian Vorbe and finished his hat trick with two minutes left in the game to force overtime. Both teams fought hard in the midfield to eventually finish the game in a tie after two extra 10-minute overtimes.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON: The Titans are coming into Friday’s game with a record of 4-2 on the season. They have only two losses this season coming from a ranked team in the #12 UCLA Bruins (according to the NSCAA/adidas rankings), 2-1, and also a loss to Ohio State, 1-0. They have beaten top 50 RPI team Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-0. In their last game, the Titans beat St. Marys 2-1 on Sunday, Sept. 20, who was previously unbeaten. Ceso Alvarez leads the team with four goals and one assist on the season. The Chanticleers and Titans have only met once in the 2007 season when Coastal Carolina fell 2-1 in overtime to the Fullerton.
SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: The Matador’s are coming off of their second straight tournament title of the season with an overall record of 5-1. Their most recent win came on Sunday against Southern Methodist (SMU), 2-1. They have also beat top 50 RPI team Fairleigh Dickinson 2-0. Northridge has outscored its opponents overall 7-4.
CHANTICLEERS VS. BIG WEST: The Chanticleers have only seen two current Big West opponents and hold a 1-1 record against the Conference. Most recently, the Chants saw Cal State Fullerton in 2007 losing, 2-1. In 1996, the Chanticleers played Cal Poly State at home, which they won 2-1.
CHANTICLEERS ON THE WEST COAST: The Chanticleers have traveled to the West Coast only once in 2003 when they took on Santa Clara in the NCAA Tournament. The Chants lost that game 3-2 in overtime.
STAPLETON BIG SOUTH MEN’S SOCCER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Senior James Stapleton garnered Choice Hotels Big South Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week after having a career game against Davidson when he scored two goals and an assist in the win. It was the first multi-point game in Stapleton’s career and was the second game-winning goal of his career and season.
SUPER STAPLETON: Senior James Stapleton continued his goal/point streak to four games in the Furman game by tallying a goal and an assist. He is currently leading the team in goals with five, assists with two and points with 12. The Barnsley, England, native is tied for second in the Big South in goals and points.
SOCCER SELECTED SECOND: The Chanticleers were selected to finish second in the Big South Conference. Winthrop was picked for the fourth consecutive time to finish first and senior Stephan Nsereko of Winthrop was voted Preseason Player of the Year. The preseason poll and Preseason Player of the Year is voted on by the league’s coaches.
EXPERIENCE AT THE HEAD: Head Coach Shaun Docking returns for his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. Docking has led the Chanticleers to a 137-76-17 overall record, and a 54-19-3 Big South Conference record. Under his leadership he has led the Chanticleers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2001-2005, and have five Big South Regular Season Championships and four BSC Tournament Championships. Adding to his staff, Docking announced Michael Rubesch as assistant coach in the summer of 2009, Rubesch head coached Emory for 19 seasons and accumulated a record of 236-99-22. The assistant goalkeeper coach, Joel Barber, will be returning for another season, and former Chanticleers Rob Holstein and Kyle Russell are also participating as part of the support staff.
2008 IN REVIEW: The Chanticleers finished the 2008 season 10-10-1 overall and second in the Big South, at 5-2-1. A noteworthy game is a 1-0 overtime win against nationally-ranked Charlotte and a five-game unbeaten streak in mid season. Earning end of the season honors were Robert Hunter and Kyle Russell: All-Big South First Team, Ross Kelly: All-Big South Second Team, and Carlos Recinos: All-Big South Freshman Team.
UP NEXT: CONFERENCE TIME!: The Chanticleers will begin the Big South conference play on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. vs. Liberty in Conway, S.C.