Coastals Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa-Bethlehem (Lindsey Wilson)) registered all three of the Chanticleers shots on goal, but it was not enough (7-6, 1-3 Big South) as CCU dropped a hard fought game to the second ranked team in the country in UNC Greensboro (11-0-1), 2-0, on Friday evening, Oct. 15, in Greensboro, N.C.
The game remained scoreless for the entire first half despite Greensboro getting nine shots, but only two were on goal. Coastal only got four shots the first half but two of the shots were on goal.
The second half remained scoreless until seven minutes in (54:27) when junior midfielder Phil Long would score the only goal UNCG would need for the evening, unassisted off a steal from 25 yards out, past freshman goalkeeper Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope) to put the Spartans up 1-0.
Long would strike again just over 30 minutes later (84:41), when he took the feed from sophomore Randi Patterson, after another steal, for his second goal of the evening on a ten yard bender for the final 2-0 margin of victory.
The Chanticleers last minute comeback would end prematurely, when a shot by senior Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-Chegtu (Lindsey Wilson) went high.
For the game, Coastal matched up very well with Greensboro, only trailing 15-11 in shots and 6-3 in shots on goal. The corner kicks only held a slight advantage for UNCG at 6-5 lead. CCU was whistled for 20 fouls as compared to 14 for UNC Greensboro, though.
The loss by the Chants was its fourth in a row, which is the first time since the 1993 season that CCU has lost four in a row in any season. The 1993 season was also the last time the Chants went through a skid where they lost five out of six games.
CCU will next take the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 17, as stays inGreensboro, N.C. to participate in the UNC Greensboro/adidas Invitational as it takes on the Davidson at a schedule changed time of 5 p.m.