Oct. 1, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team continues to receive high praise from coaches and experts around the country. The Chanticleers rank 12th in the College Soccer News National Top 30 Poll, 16th by Soccer America and 19th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after posting a 6-2-0 record in their opening eight games.
In addition, the Shaun Docking-led Chanticleers own the 10th-best RPI in the nation as released by the NCAA in its initial RPI ranking of the season. The Chanticleers have played five nationally ranked teams this season, posting a 3-2-0 record with each win coming on the road. The Chants' three road wins over ranked opponents were at Wake Forest (RPI: 20), UNC Greensboro (RPI: 51) and VCU (RPI: 25).
Additionally, Coastal has jumped out to a 2-0-0 Big South record after shutout wins against Presbyterian College, 4-0, and Gardner-Webb, 1-0. Coastal, who is seeking its third consecutive Big South regular season championship and 12th overall, has won 21 straight Big South regular season contests dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.
Senior midfielder and MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Pedro Ribeiro has paced the Chanticleers this season with five goals on 21 shot attempts. Newcomer Sergio Camargo recorded a trio of goals this season, while junior Ricky Garbanzo has found the back of the net twice. Five additional Chants have also scored on the campaign. Senior Justin Portillo is again the Chants' leader in assists with four. Portillo is tied for ninth in the CCU record book with his 24 career helpers.
Coastal has put a stout defense on the field again this season as the Chants have recorded shutouts in four games, including the last three. Currently Coastal goalkeeper Devin Cook owns a shutout streak of 290:11. Both Cook and defensive stalwart Shawn McLaws have been honored as the Big South Defensive Player of the Week this season for their stellar work in the defensive third. Additionally, Cook was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending Sept. 23 after he posted a shutout that included a penalty kick save at No. 5 VCU.
Docking, who recorded his 200th win as a Chanticleer against Gardner-Webb, leads Coastal into High Point for a Big South derby on Saturday, Oct. 5. Kick off from the Panthers' Vert Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.