CONWAY, S.C. Senior Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)) scored the game-tying goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation and then tallied the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime to propel Coastal Carolina men's soccer team to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on the first night of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic.
The game started off slowly for both team as both team attempted to find an offensive rhythm. Virginia Commonwealth tallied the first goal of the evening as sophomore David Stannard scored off a direct free kick (34:24) to give the Rams the early 1-0 lead going into the break.
After the intermission the Australian connection of sophomore Dominc Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oakhill College (Macquarie)) and Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama) tied the game up for Coastal. Rossi headed the ball into the back of the net directly off the Cahill corner kick (49:08).
Cahill got his own goal less than two minutes later (51:34) as he beat the VCU defense down the field on a mistaken cleared ball and then beat keeper Rob Szymanik to the left corner to give Coastal a 2-1 advantage.
The score remained unchanged until VCU's Matthijs Maruanaya took the cross from teammate Dominc Oduro from about seven yard out and beat the Coastal keeper Ryan Nowak (Katy, Texas/Katy) to the left side (70:34) to tie the game up at two all.
VCU took the lead just under six minutes later (76:13) as Maruanaya beat the Coastal defense and keeper, again to the left, to take the 3-2 lead.
Just as things were beginning to look bleak for the Chants, Kabwe was clutch. He scored the game-tying goal on a header where he beat the new VCU keeper freshman Andrew Dykstra to left side off the dish from sophomore Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) (86:59).
The game was forced into overtime where again Kabwe delivered. He took the pass from fellow senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) just behind midfield and dribbled the rest of the way to the goal where he beat the keeper for the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal of the season and his second goal of the evening and gave Coastal a thrilling 4-3 come from behind victory over the visiting Rams.
For the game Coastal was outshot 10-8 and 7-4 in shots on goal but came away the victor with more quality shots on goal. The win goes to Nowak who improves his record to 3-2 on the season while the loss drops freshman Andrew Dykstra to 2-1 on the year.
The first game of the tournament saw College of Charleston escape with a 1-0 victory over Brown despite playing a man down due to two yellow cards for nearly 32 minutes of the second half (31:44) and trailing in shots 17-2. Darren Toby scored the game-winning goal for CofC (84:18) off the pass from Matthew Curran.
Coastal Carolina's men's soccer team continues its play in the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic as it hosts College of Charleston at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. The first game of the afternoon will see VCU and Brown squaring off at noon. All the action can be followed through live stats on goccusports.com.