CONWAY, S.C. UNC-Greensboro (9-3, 3-0 Southern) scored a goal in the first five minutes of the game and defeated Coastal Carolina men's soccer team (4-8-1, 1-2 Big South) 1-0 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, October 15 in Conway, S.C.
The action was fierce in the beginning, as UNC-Greensboro came out on the attack. Hermann Trophy candidate junior Randi Patterson took a shot that deflected off a Coastal defender into the lower right corner of the goal, past the CCU goalkeeper sophomore Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C.) for an own goal. (4:42).
In the last ten minutes of the half, Greensboro had a header by freshman Thomas Campbell that skimmed the crossbar (35:12) which was followed by a shot by Egill Atalson (38:37) that was blocked as the Chants breathed a collective sigh of relief, only being down a goal going into the intermission.
UNC-Greensboro would hold a 14-3 shot advantage over Coastal in the first half including several good looks from Patterson and Scott Jones that went just high.
CCU attempted to rally early in the second half, as freshman Brad Stisser (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Ranch) had two consecutive shots blocked (46:12).
CCU had a lineup change, as senior Joseph Kabwe (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Sakubva (Lindsey Wilson)), senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) and sophomore Dominic Rossi (Kellyville, Australia/Oakhill College (Macquarie)) all checked into the game for the first time (63:37). The three are the top scorers for the Chants this season with four goals apiece.
The offense was sparked, as sophmore Lachlan Cahill (Kiama/Australia/Kiama) had three corner kicks and a high shot attempt (72:36) within a nine minute period of time.
CCU continued to sub in an attempt to find the right formula. When Hughes came in for the second time, he narrowly missed tying up the game as his shot attempt was on goal and saved by UNC-Greensboro goalkeeper senior Jay Benfield (85:27)
As time was at a premium, Hughes again had a golden opportunity to tie the game but his shot attempt was saved by the Greensboro keeper directly in front of the net (88:50).
For the game CCU was outshot 21-9 and outnumbered in corner kicks 6-5. The loss went to Weant who saw his record fall to 1-5.
Coastal Carolina men's soccer team are on the road for a pair of conference games next week. First, it will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on Winthrop on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in a rescheduled game. Then the Chants will move onto Asheville, N.C. for a weekend game against UNC Asheville, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.