Coastal Carolina (7-3, 1-2 Big South) will take the pitch for a Big South Conference game against Radford University, Oct. 6th at 5 p.m. in Radford, Va, in their only game of the week. Coastal has dropped their last two conference games after posting a 10 game winning streak over the last two seasons over its conference rivals. Over the weekend Coastal participated in the Clemson/Nike Invitational where they won a thrilling game, 3-2 on Friday afternoon, Oct. 1st, and dropped a game to Virginia Tech, Oct. 3rd, 2-0 on Sunday, Oct. 3.
Radford comes into the contest with a 2-3-3 record and a 0-2-1 record in the Big South Conference. RU dropped a game over the weekend to Big South rival Birmingham Southern, 4-2. The Highlanders are led by junior Romain Maudire who has tallied four goals and an assist for nine points.Junior Patrick Colas has had a solid season with three goals and two assists for 8 points on the season.
Last Week in Review
The Coastal Carolina (7-3, 1-2 Big South) mens soccer team fell to Virginia Tech, 2-0, at the Clemson/Nike Invitational in Clemson, SC on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3.The game was scoreless until nearly 25 minutes into the action (24:38) when Virginia Techs freshman forward Kevin Edwards, took the feed from fellow freshman Brandon Miller, off the corner kick from senior Bailey Allman and headed a ball past Chanticleers goalkeeper Aaron Weant. The game remained 1-0 until late in the second half (76:39) when sophomore Hokie midfielder Ben Nason took a pass from fellow sophomore David Brown, off a steal, and sent a diagonal shot from 12 yard out to the far post for the second tally of the game. Coastal actually outshot the Hokies 16-13, but were limited to five shots on goal compared to the Hokies eight. Coastal Carolina also tallied eight corner kicks to the VTs four, but in the end could not top Virginia Tech on the scoreboard. Leading the Chants in defeat was freshman Lachlan Cahill who tallied four shots, with three being on goal. Senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni also tallied four shots.
The Coastal Carolina (7-2, 1-2 Big South) mens soccer snapped their personal two game losing streak in exciting come from behind fashion, over Hofstra in the Clemson/Nike Invitational on Friday evening, October 1st, at Clemson University. The game started slowly for Coastal as Hofstras sophomore midfielder Arman Osooli scored the first goal of the game less than 15 minutes into the game (14:37) off the feed from junior Billy Chung. Hofstras Michael Todd would tally the second goal of the game off the feed from Osooli. That lead would hold until after halftime, when CCU would begin to storm back, junior Peter Louis took the feed from senior Boyzzz Khumalo and Jordie Hughes (62:53) to cut the deficit to one, 1-2. Coastals quick strike offense would attack again (74:26) when Khumalo took a feed from Hughes and freshman Kevin Van Den Berg to tie the game up at two with 15 minutes to play in the game.The Chanticleers offense would untie the game (84:29) when senior defender Dario Grassini scored his first goal of the season, off the feed from freshman Lachlan Cahill for a 3-2 lead, which would be the final margin of victory. Sophomore Jeremy Wolfgang won his first game of the season by registering five saves.The Chants outshot the Pride, in the closely fought game,16-13, while trailing 1-4 in corner kicks.
The Coastal Carolina (6-2, 1-2 Big South) mens soccer team, a game after seeing its 17-game winning streak stopped, dropped another home conference game, this time to UNC Asheville (4-3, 3-0 Big South), 1-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at CCU Soccer Stadium. The first half was scoreless, despite Coastals posting four shots on goal, until UNCAs sophomore midfielder Andrew Klerekoper took an indirect pass from junior forward Jordan Holthouser in front of the Coastal goalie box and sent a header to the right corner for what would be the only goal of the afternoon. The goal was only shot the UNCA would register in the first half and it was the first goal of the season for Klerekoper. Coastal would have several opportunities in the second half, but UNCA freshman goalkeeper Michael Pereira would stand strong under the onslaught of five shots on goal in the second half and nine shots on goal for the game.
Senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni has been outstanding in his first ten 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. Fellow senior Boyzzz Khumalo has also played well as he has tallied four goals, including two game winner against Furman and Harvard, and registered eight assists on the season, which is among the national leaders. Junior Jordie Hughes has quietly put together an outstanding year with five goals and eight assists, for 18 points.
In leading Coastal to a third place finish in the Clemson/Nike Invitational senior Dario Grassini was named to the All-Tournament Team along with fellow defender Patrick Robertson. Grassini scored the game winning goal against Hofstra in a thrilling 3-2 victory on Oct. 1.
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..
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. Chisoni scored four goals and registered three assists during the week as Coastal opened the 2004 campaign with a pair of wins
Boyzzz Khumalo with eight assists this season, has now amassed 18 career assists which ties him for 10th on the all time list with Eric Schmitt.
HonorsFormer CCU star and current L.A. Galaxy forward Joseph Ngwenya was honored this past week, August 8, for his 2003 accomplishment by the Big South Conference when he received the Howard Bagwell Award, given to the most outstanding Mens Player of Year for the 2003-2004 season. Ngwenya is coming off a season where he led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season (56 points) and was one of three finalist for the Hermann Trophy while being honored as the 2003 Mens Soccer National Soccer Player of the Year by Soccer America. He also earned his second-straight All-Big South award as well as being named the Big South Tournaments MVP.
CCU will next take the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 12 as they welcome Wake Forest University to CCU Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. match