CHANTS DOWN BSC FOE LIBERTY 2-1 IN OVERTIME: The Chants defeated Liberty 2-1 in overtime Saturday on the heels of a pair of Ross Kelly goals. The sophomore’s first tally came in the 36th minute after he picked a Liberty defender cleanly, and fired from 18 yards out to give the Chants the 1-0 lead. Liberty would tie the contest up with 43 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the match into overtime. However, Kelly would score his first career game-winning goal with three minutes remaining in the first overtime to give the Chants the hard fought road victory.
PERFECT IN CONFERENCE PLAY: The Chants have opened up conference play with a 2-0 mark. The last time the Chants opened up Big South play with a 2-0 record was last season, and finished BSC play with a perfect 6-0 record.
SWEET SKIES OF SUGARLAND: Head Coach Shaun Docking decided to move Kelly, the Sugarland, Texas native from his usual spot in the midfield to striker for Saturday’s contest, and it was a move that certainly paid off for the goal-starved Chants. Kelly’s two goals marked the first multiple-goal effort this season for Coastal Carolina, and the first two-goal performance since Kelly Porter accomplished the feat on Nov. 3 of last year.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Saturday’s victory gives Coastal Carolina consecutive overtime victories for the first time since the 1998 season, where the Chants downed Clayton State (2-1) and Georgia Southern (3-2). Additionally, the three wins in overtime this year are already the most in program history.SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Gardner-Webb will enter Wednesday’s contest after being blanked 4-0 by ACC member North Carolina State on Saturday. Although their overall record is a modest 3-7, the Bulldogs boast a 2-1 record in the all-important Big South Conference contests. Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by Bradley Morrison, and Richard Gray, both of whom rank in the Big South top-10 in goals scored.