CHANTS EDGED BY BULLDOGS, 2-1: The Chants found themselves playing the rescheduled contest on Sunday after inclimate weather forced the change from Wednesday. Coastal Carolina found themselves down 1-0 seven minutes in, but rallied back to tie the contest at 1-1 on a Tyler Miles goal in the 25th minute. Bradley Morrison would score his second goal of the game in the 71st minute, and was the eventual game-winner as the Bulldogs defeated the Chants 2-1.
STREAK SNAPPED: Sunday’s loss snaps a 12-game Big South Conference regular season winning streak that dates back to a 5-2 loss against Radford on Oct. 7, 2006.
IRON CHANTS: The Chants have a trio of players in defender Kyle Russell, midfielder Matt Schroeder and forward Ross Kelly that have played in and started all 11 contests for the Chanticleers this season.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: The Panthers are led by senior forward Chris Shrum, who leads the BSC with 44 shots on the year and is fourth in the conference in points with 12 (4g, 4a.). High Point will look to pressure the Chants defense, as they rank No. 2 in the BSC, averaging 13.27 shots per contest.
Looking ahead: The Chants will play host in five of their final seven regular season contests this season. Four of the contests will be of the all-important Big South Conference variety. In addition, Coastal Carolina will play host to the 2008 Big South Conference Championships Nov. 13-16.
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 Ross 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: The victory against Liberty gave Coastal Caro- lina 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.
COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS VMI 3-2 IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME:
The Chants opened up Big South play in need of a victory, and that is exactly what they got on Sunday, downing the Keydets 3-2 in double overtime. The Chants found themselves trailing 2-0 with 43 minutes left to play, but came back to tie the contest up at 2-2 on a Robert Hunter goal in the 68th minute and a Ross Kelly tally in the 72nd minute to tie things up at 2-2.
GOALS A PLENTY:
-Entering the contest against Liberty, the Chants were held scoreless for the last 262 minutes of play, as their last goal game in the 8th minute against Dayton in a 2-1 loss on Sept. 14.
-The three goals marks a season high for Coastal Carolina, eclipsing the previous high of two in the 2-1 overtime victory over Charlotte on Sept. 12.
RUSSELL, HUNTER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Defender Kyle Russell and forward Robert Hunter were named to the All-Tournament Team as voted on by tournament officials. Russell was a key part in allowing only one goal against the high-powered St. Francis offense, while Hunter scored the Chants lone goal of the tournament on Sunday against Oakland.
COSASTAL CAROLINA TAKES SECOND IN UNCW/COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CLASSIC:The Chanticleers upset nationally ranked Charlotte on Friday in overtime, as Robert Hunter scored the golden goal 55 ticks into the first overtime to give the Chants the 2-1 upset over the 49ers. On Sunday, the Chants were downed by the Dayton Flyers, 3-1 after holding a 1-0 lead for the majority of the first half.
RUSSELL, PHELPS, KELLY NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Defender Kyle Russell, midfielder Ross Kelly, and forward Riley Phelps were named to the UNCW/Courtyard by Marriott All-Tournament team. Russell led the defense, while Kelly had two shots and an assist. Phelps had his second goal of the season in the 2-1 victory over the 49ers on Friday.
CHANTS DOWN NATIONAL POWERHOUSE CHARLOTTE: Friday’s victory over the 49ers gave the Chants their second win of the season, and an impressive one to say the least. The 49ers received votes in last weeks NSCAA National Poll, and are ranked No. 2 in the Middle Atlantic Regional Poll before the 2-1 defeat.
In the pros:
JOSEPH NGWENYA: Ngwenya has started each contest for the Turkish Club Antalyaspor this season, and scored a goal in Antalyaspor’s 1-1 draw of Galatasaray.
BOYZZZ KHUMALO: khumalo was signed by D.C. United of the MLS this past Friday, and quickly found himself in the starting lineup in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against FC Dallas. Khumalo, on loan for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL 2nd division, found himself in the scoresheet in his first contest for United, as he assisted a Jaime Moreno goal in the 26th minute. Khumalo played 68 minutes before being taken off for a substitute.