Coastals Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa-Bethlehem (Lindsey Wilson)) scored a late goal but it was not enough (7-5, 1-3 Big South) as CCU dropped a close game to #21 Wake Forest, 2-1, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 12, at CCU Soccer Stadium.
Coastal, again faced an early deficit with just over 11 minutes gone when the Demon Deacons senior defenseman Amir Lowery took the feed from junior midfielder Justin Moose and beat the Chanticleers freshman goalkeeper Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C.-Green Hope) on a give-and-go to the right corner of the goal box.
Wakes Justin Moose would tally the second goal less than three minutes later at 14:03 of the game, scoring unassisted after he stripped a CCU defender and beat the goalkeeper to the right corner.
Just as the game looked like it could get out of hand, the Chanticleers defense stepped up and didnt allow Wake to reach the back of the net for the rest of the game despite several prime opportunities.
This allowed the Chants' offense to begin to play catch-up. The attempted comeback started when Khumalo took a great feed from fellow senior Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-Chegtu (Lindsey Wilson)) and put it past the Demon Deacons keeper to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. For Khumalo, this was his sixth goal of the season, and the fifth assist registered by Chisoni in 2004.
The Coastal offense kept on the attack with Wake on its heelsgetting shots on goal by Jordie Hughes (Victoria, British Columbia-Spectrum)) Randy Owen (Columbia, S.C.-Irmo (Francis Marion)) . The shot by Owen with 11 minutes to play was just over the crossbar, giving the Coastal faithful a few anxious moments.
The Chants were outshot 15-8 for the game, including five shots on goal to two. The corner kick were even at four apiece, but CCU did out foul WF 17-8.
The loss by the Chants was its third in a row, which is the first time since the 2001 season that CCU has lost three in a row in any season. The 2001 season was also the last season the Chanticleers lost three home games in the same year. The last time CCU lost three-consecutive home games dates back to the 1996 season.
CCU will next take the pitch on Friday, Oct. 15, as it travels to Greensboro, N.C. to participate in the UNC Greensboro/adidas Invitational as it takes No. 2 UNC Greensboro at 7:30 p.m.