Coastal Carolina (3-5-1) mens soccer team has a busy week of action. It starts off the week hosting its first home conference game of the season against visiting Radford at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. The Chanticleers then begin a brief road swing that takes them to Rock Hill, S.C, to take on conference opponent Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 and to Davidson, N.C. to square off against non-conference opponent Davidson at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9
Radford (5-3, 2-0 Big South) is coming in on an up swing, having win its last two games. Over the last two games it has defeated non-conference rival Elon 1-0, Sept. 24 and conference foe VMI 4-0, Oct. 1. Against VMI, senior Patrick Colas had two goals to lead the Highlanders. Junior Ramon Negron scored his team-best sixth goal of the season in the victory as well. Negron and sophomore Will Thompson are tied for the team-lead with two game-winning goals this season. Senior goalkeeper Omar Zinoveev has an impressive 5-1 record this season with a conference best goals against average of 0.44.
Series Against Radford
The all-time series between Coastal and RU is dead even at 9-9-1 overall. Last season, Radford defeat CCU 2-1 as current Highlander Patrick Colas scored a goal. Former Chant Mubarike Chisoni scored Coastals goal in defeat. Previous to last years loss, the Chanticleers had defeat Radford in each of their last three meetings. Coastal hasnt tasted defeat against Radford at home since 1997s 3-2 loss.
Winthrop (5-4-1, 1-1-1 Big South) lost a close conference game over the weekend to Liberty, 2-1. Senior Kevin Green tallied the Eagles goal in defeat. This season Winthrop has had a very balanced attack. Sophomore forward Saidi Issac has a conference-best 17 points this season, as he leads the Eagles in goals (6) and assists (5). Also topping double figures in points this season for WU is junior David Kenga, who has four goals and three assists. Freshman Daniel Revivo has made an immediate impact as his five goals are second on the team while his 11 points place him third on the team.
Series Against Winthrop
Coastal leads the all-time series against Winthrop 17-14-1 having outscored the Eagles 62-44 in those games. Last season, Coastal defeated Winthrop 2-0 in the regular season. Senior Jordie Hughes scored both goals for Coastal. The Chants have defeated the Eagles in each of their last three meetings outscoring them by a combined score of 14-1. But prior to the late good run of fortune for the Chants, Coastal went three-years without defeating Winthrop (2000-2002).
Davidson (6-3-1, Southern 1-0) defeated its conference rival Wofford 1-0 on Oct. 1 as sophomore Robby Hoak scored the lone goal of game. Hoak leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Senior Matt Allen is second on the team with eight points this season. Davidson has played a very difficult schedule that includes three teams from nationally recognized programs (UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech). Davidson has a difficult week of road games before welcoming in Coastal. The Wildcats start their week by taking on #16 Wake Forest on Oct. 4 then take on #19 UNC-Greensboro on Oct. 7. Both teams are nationally ranked in the most recent College Soccer News Poll.
Series Against Davidson
Coastal leads the all-time series between these two teams at 4-1-2. Last seasons game between the teams ended in 1-1 tie. Sophomore Patrick Robertson talled the goal for Coastal.
Birmingham-Southern got off to an early 2-0 on Coastal only to see the Chanticleers cut the deficit to a goal on a Dominic Rossi tally. After another BSC goal gave the Panthers another back their two goal lead, Coastal again fought back to cut the lead in half late on the Jordie Hughes goal off a penalty kick. But that was as close as the Chants would get as Birmingham-Southern won the Big South Conference matchup 3-2. For the game Hughes had a goal and an assist.
Moving on Up
Jordie Hughes continues to rise on Coastals all-time lists. With nine points this season, Hughes has now totaled 100 points in his distinguished career, only two points behind former Chant David Skulason for fifth place. Hughes three assists this season moves him into ninth place all-time in assists with 22. Hughes has three goals this season uping his career total to 39, so he now trails former Chant Hilmar Arnason for fourth place in career goals by only one.
Who Loves Tournaments
Before the start of conference season, Coastal Carolina senior midfielder Joseph Kabwe had an amazing streak of making three of the four All-Tournaments teams for CCU. Kabwe finished his strong non-conference play by being named co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic.
Getting it Done
Since head coach Shaun Docking took over as CCU coach in 1998 the Chants are an impressive 21-8-4 during in-season tournaments outscoring the opposition a combined 84-44.
Kabwes MVP Performance
Coastal senior Joseph Kabwe was a named the co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic as he registered two goals and four points in the tournament. Other Chants named to the All-Tournament squad include sophomores Lachlan Cahill, Dominic Rossi and freshman Kyle Russell.
We are the Champions...Partially
Coastal Carolina had an early goal (8:46) by sophomore Kevin Van Berg off the feed from sophomore Robert Holstein and senior Jordie Hughes and ended up in tie with College of Charleston 1-1 (2OT). Coastal outshot the Cougars 18-8 including an 13-2 advantage in the second period and both overtimes. Freshman Djamel Bekka and sophomore Lachlan Cahill each had three shots in the game including two shots on goal each to lead CCU. Coastal was named the Co-Champions of the Tournament along with CofC.
Kabwe Steps it Up
Senior Joseph Kabwe scored the game tying with just over three minutes remaining in regulation (86:59) and then tallied the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime (98:29) to propel Coastal Carolina men's soccer team to a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Virginia Commonwealth on the first night of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. Other Chants to score in the game include the Australian duo of Lachlan Cahill and Dominic Rossi. Rossi had a goal and Cahill totaled a goal and an assist. Sophomore Patrick Robertson and senior Jordie Hughes also tallied
assists for Coastal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak took home the win for Coastal. It was his third win of the season and the first ever win for Coastal over VCU in three tries.
Nike Harvard All-Tournament Team
Coastal Carolina senior Jordie Hughes and sophomore Lachlan Cahill 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 led both teams with three shots including two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak 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 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 and Joseph Kabwe and sophomore Kevin Van Den Berg were Coastals three honorees.
Senior Jordie Hughes had the game-tying and game-winning goals as Coastal won a wild one over Mercer 5-3 on the final day of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational. Sophomore Dominic Rossi took the feed from freshman Djamel Bekka for the first tally of the game. Senior Joseph Kabwe 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 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 took the feed from fellow Australian sophomore Dominic Rossi 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, junior Bobby Zimmer and freshman Brad Stisser.
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 and senior Peter Louis but BU held on for the victory.
A Team Effort
CCU opened the 2005 season with a team effort victory, 6-0, over Northeastern. Six different Chants tallied goals. Senior Craig Reed tallied the first goal of the season for Coastal with sophomore Patrick Robertson, senior Peter Louis, senior Joseph Kabwe, freshman Brad Stisser and sophomore Dominic Rossi 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 victories at Coastal.
Hughes Moves Up Two Places
With his two goals against Mercer senior Jordie Hughes moved into sixth place all-time at Coastal in points scored (95). He passed former Chants Hilamr Arnason and Claud Huggins who were in 6th and 7th 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 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, sophomore midfielder Lachlan Cahill, sophomore defenseman Patrick Robertson and junior defenseman Bobby Zimmer. CCU will also bring back both its goalkeepers Aaron Weant and Jeremy Wolfgang. 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 (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 takes the road as it travels to High Point, N.C. to take on conference rival High Point University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. CCU then returns home for a big non-conference matchup against UNC-Greensboro on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at CCU Soccer Field.