The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team (6-1, 1-1) will look to get back in win column after dropping a close one, 1-0, at home to Birmingham-Southern on Sunday, Sept. 26. The men also defeated Liberty in Big South Conference road game on Monday, Sept, 20, 3-1 for a 1-1 record on the week. The Chanticleers will welcome in UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Sept. 28 to CCU Soccer Stadium at 4 p.m. before they travel to participate in the Clemson/NIke Invitational where they will compete against Hofstra on Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. and against Virginia Tech on Oct. 3 at 12 p.m.
Scouting UNC Asheville
Are the current leaders in the Big South Conference after defeating High Point, 3-1, on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The Bulldogs dropped a non-conference game over the weekend to UNC Wilmington, 2-0. UNCA is led by junior forward Jordan Holthouser who has tallied 10 points and senior Greg Yelverton who has four assists this season. Ashevile is riding a one game winning streak over the Chanticleers as they defeated Coastal last season.
The Pride are 3-4 on the season having won their last game against St. Francis College, 3-0, on Sept. 25. Hofstra is led by junior forward Michael Todd, who has seven points this season and Constantinos Christoudias, who has tallied five points this season. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Scouting Virginia Tech
The Hokies arrive at the contest 4-4 on the season after defeating Radford University, from the Big South Conference, 4-0, on Saturday, Sept. 25. Virginia Tech has two more games this week before they square off against Coastal on Sunday, October 3. They will play against Wake Forest on Tuesday and Clemson on Friday. VT is lead by freshman Marcus Reed, who has 11 points and senior Bailey Allman, who has tallied 9 points. This is the third time these two teams have meet, with each team winning a game in the series.
Last Week in Review
The Coastal Carolina mens soccer saw its 17-game home winning streak snapped as they lost for the first time this season to Birmingham-Southern 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 26 at the CCU Soccer Stadium. The first half was scoreless as both teams were feeling each other out for the right opportunity.That opportunity would present itself in the second half to the Panthers senior forward Karim Dietz, as he took a cross from fellow senior Nick Barcelona in front of the Coastal net and beat freshman Aaron Weant to the right corner, for what would be the only goal of the afternoon at 57:59. Coastal would have several great opportunities to tie the game, but could not score, as several shot went wide.
Coastal Carolinas junior forward Jordie Hughes scored both the go ahead and the insurance goal in Coastals 3-1 victory over Big South Conference rival Liberty University on Monday afternoon, Sept. 20. After falling behind early 1-0, CCUs Peter Louis would quickly get mometum back for the Chanticleers. Louis scored his second goal of the season, unassisted from six yards out directly in front of the net to tie the game at one.The Chants would take the lead for good when Hughes took the feed from Louis, and beat the keeper to the left corner for his forth goal of the season and his first of the afternoon. Hughes would add one more goal to make the final score, 3-1.
CCU only had one game the week of Sept. 13-17 as Wisconsin-Milwaukee visted CCU Soccer Stadium. It was a back-and-forth battle in the first half as a torrential downpour due to Hurricane Ivan soaked the pitch. Coastal was outshot by Wisconsin-Milwaukee 8-7 as freshman Aaron Weant had three saves off Panther shots, including a dramatic save off the foot of Antou Jallow. Coastal had a 9-7 shot advantage in the second half, but it was the last one that would give the Coastal Carolina mens soccer team (5-0) a 1-0 win over the Panthers in Conway, S.C. Junior Peter Louis collected a perfect feed fromclassmate Joseph Kabwe and put it past Wisconsin-Milwaukees (1-2-2) goalie at the 87th minute to break a scoreless tie. It was the 17th-consecutive home regular season win for Coastal and the first time they ever topped Wisconsin-Milwaukee in three attempts.
Coastal defeat Harvard on Friday, Sept. 10, 3-1, and for the first time all season Coastal were scored upon. CCU was facing an early deficit as Harvards Anthony Tornartis scored an early goal in the first half. But Boyzzz Khumalo would answer with two of his own goals off feeds from Jordie Hughes to give Coastal a 2-1 lead. Senior Mubarike Chisoni would add a late goal for CCU, from Jordie Hughes and Khumalo for the 3-1 final.
Coastal took on the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 12. In a back and forth contest, CCU came away with a 6-2 victory. Coastal was again facing an early deficit when Louisvilles Ryan Meyer scored on a header from a corner kick in the games first three minutes. Coastals Mubarike Chisoni would answer less than a minute later off the feed from Jordie Hughes and Peter Louis. Chisoni scored his second goal of the game just 16 minutes later from Itayi Pondwa and Bobby Zimmer. Louisville would answer with a goal of their own, just after the second half began to tie the score at two. Jordie Hughes would untie the game and give the Chanticleers the lead for good at the 69:08 mark of the second half off the Boyzzz Khumalo pass. Khumalo, Chisoni and Hughes would all each add one more goal to make final score 6-2.
Fifteenth-ranked Coastal Carolina mens soccer team (2-0) exploded for two goals in a span of three minutes in the second half to down Furman 2-0 at Stone Soccer Stadium on Sunday night, Sept. 5.It was a close hard fought scoreless match between Furman and Coastal, with the two teams trading possessions for the entire first half. It was shortly after the second half started, at the 54:09 mark, when Furmans Jordan Mann received his second yellow card that momentum turned in the Chanticleers favor.The Chants would capitalize on their man advantage at the 68:22 mark, when Boyzz Khumalo took a Mubarike Chisoni pass and beat the Furman goalkeeper to give Coastal a 1-0 lead. It was Khumalo first goal of the season and the second assist registered by Chisoni on the year. Less than three minutes later, the CCU offense would strike again at the 71:11 when Chisoni would tally his fourth goal of the season on a shot from 18 yards out to the left corner off the feed from Joseph Kabwe for the final margin of victory.
Mubarike Chisoni registered his first career hat trick and added two assists as Coastal Carolina mens soccer scored both early and late to get their first win of the season over Anderson College on Wednesday evening, Sept. 1, at CCU Soocer Stadium, 8-0. The Chanticleers got their first goal of the season when senior midfielder Boyzzz Khumalo fed fellow senior Chisoni, who beat the keeper to the right corner at the 13:16 mark of the first half. The Chants would add another goal less than six minutes later when senior Randy Owen would take a pass from junior Jordie Hughes and Chisoni for the second goal of the game at the 19:05 mark. Chisoni would beat the keeper, this time to the left corner, for his second goal of the game at 28:05 mark on pass from junior Joseph Kabwe to make the score 3-0 Coastal. Hughes would score his first goal of the season at the 40:02 mark on a feed from Khumalo and Chisoni to up the lead to 4-0. Coastal Carolina would score one more time with just over a minute remaining in the first half, when Chisoni would take a pass from Hughes and Khumalo and beat the keeper to the right side to give CCU a 5-0 halftime margin.
With many starters on the bench, Coastal reserves kept firing in the second half as freshman Lachlan Cahill got a pass from junior China Maja, in front of the net and put it past the Anderson keeper at the 60:59 mark for 6-0 lead. Cahill would add another goal less than three minutes later, off the free kick to the upper corner to make it 7-0. Freshman midfielderYann Estaque would tally the Chanticleers last goal of the game at the 88:29 mark, when he hit a bender from 20 yards out off the pass from Maja and junior midfielder Ryan Johnson for the final, 8-0, margin of victory.
Senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni has been outstanding in his first seven games of the season scoring eight goals, including a game winner, and registering four assists. Chisoni has registered the first two hat tricks of his career already this year, with one against Anderson and Louisville. For his great performance he was named to the National Player of the Week Team by College Soccer News for the week of Sept. 5. He is currently second in the country in points per game. Fellow senior Boyzzz Khumalo has also played well as he has tallied four goals, including two game winner against Furman and Harvard, and registered seven assists on the season, which leads the nation. Junior Jordie Hughes has quietly put together an outstanding year with five goals and six assists, for 16 points, which is 10th in the country.
Coastal Carolinas Boyzzz Khumalo is on the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in mens soccer, the organization announced. The senior forward was also named to the College Soccer News Second Team Preseason All-American. Khumalo is coming off a 2003 season where he scored seven goals, including three game winners, and tallied 10 assists for 24 points. He also was a member of the 2003 First-Team All South Atlantic Region and a Third Team All-American by the NSCAA..
The 2004 Chanticleers are currently ranked in four national polls. They are 18th in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll, and 14th in the NSCAA/adidas Rankings. The Chants are also ranked 12th in the Soccer Times Poll and 23rd in Soccer America Poll.
Players of the Week
Boyzzz Khumalo was named Player of the Week in the Big South Conference for the week of Sept. 6-12. Khumalo had a great week with three goals scored and four assists tallied. This is the second consecutive week a Chant has captured the honor, with Mubarike Chisioni taking home the award for the week of August 30-Sept. 5