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Men's Soccer Looks to Continue Unbeaten Streak

Men's Soccer takes on High Point for its third conference game.

       

Junior Alex Russell scored his first career goal agaisnt Gardner-Webb last Wednesday.

Junior Alex Russell scored his first career goal agaisnt Gardner-Webb last Wednesday.

Oct. 15, 2009

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 LAST TIME OUT: COASTAL CAROLINA WINS FIRST CONFERENCE GAME: The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team won its first conference game of the season, defeating Gardner-Webb, 3-1.
          The Bulldogs came close to scoring in the first half when Sam Dowell found a rebound beating Angevine, but saved by in the corner of the net by James Stapleton. Both teams finished with three shots, while the Bulldogs had the lone shot on goal.
          Defender Alex Russell opened scoring shortly after the start of the second after a shot from Robert Hunter was blocked, then rebounded to Russell, who put it over the head goalkeeper Trent Kozman. The goal was Russell’s first of the season and his career. Coastal struck again nearly five minutes later at 53:23 into the game when Hunter broke away from the defense making a cross pass to Riley Phelps on the left side of the net. The goal was Phelps fifth goal of the season.
          The Bulldogs responded as Jarrod Heffron had a free kick to Jordan Gaines at 55:14 that made the game 2-1. Both teams fought hard for the next 10 minutes until Hunter got on a break-away by beating Kozman, who came out to contest the forward. Ross Kelly assisted on the play.
         Chanticleer keeper Angevine held strong at the end making his only save on Eliel Delphonse. Angevine is now 2-0-3 on the season. 
          The Chanticleers improved its unbeaten streak to six and record to 4-2-4 and 1-0-1 in the conference.

UNBEATEN IN SIX: The Chanticleers are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak. They have outscored their opponent 12-7 and have held their opponents to 1.16 goals per game.

GETTING NOTICED: The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are tied for 10th place in the NSCAA South Atlantic Regional Rankings. They are tied with Towson and this week’s opponent High Point.

SCOUTING HIGH POINT: The Panthers are 3-1 in the Big South and 7-4 overall. High Point is second in the Big South after losing to No. 1 Winthrop. Most recently, High Point beat Presbyterian in double overtime, 2-1. Matt Tuttle is leading the Panthers with 11 points, and Okiomah Fajiro is the pacesetter in goals with four. Goalkeeper Michael Chesler has played all 11 games for the Panthers and has posted a .774 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY: This meeting on Saturday marks the 15th between the two teams. The Chanticleers lead the Panthers 12-2 in the history and have outscored them 33-6. In last year’s meeting, the Chants won 1-0 and senior Robert Hunter had the lone goal of the game.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Chanticleers are currently unbeaten at home and have posted at 2-0-3 record. The Chants have outscored their opponents 8-5 on the home turf.

CHANTICLEER WALL OF DEFENSE: The Chanticleer defense held Liberty’s No. 1 scoring offense in the nation to almost nothing in their meeting Oct. 3. The Chanticleers limited the Flames to no shots on goal in regulation and three in the entire game. The defensive backfield, led by Alex Russell and Levi Curnutte, held the Flames’ Darren Ammo, who was ranked fourth in Division I in points per game and goals per game, to only one shot on the day. In 110 minutes of play, the Flames tallied a total of nine shots. Goalkeeper Scott Angevine made three saves, all in the first overtime, including two dramatic stops, to earn his first career shutout as a Chanticleer. The Chanticleers added to their strong defensive play in the 3-1 Gardner-Webb win by only allowing Angevine to see two shots on the day. Angevine earned his first conference win of the season. The defense also got involved on the offensive side when Alex Russell scored his first career goal off of a rebound.

SCORING SPREAD: In the first five games of the season, only two Chanticleers scored goals; Riley Phelps and James Stapleton. In the past five games , the scoring has been spread out with six different Chanticleers netting goals. Joe Anderson scored two goals in the 3-3 Furman tie and Ross Kelly, Cyprian Hedrick and Austin Eanes, who all tallied their first goals of the season in the Big West Challenge. Alex Russell and Robert Hunter netted their first goals of the season in the 3-1 win over Gardner-Webb.

STAPLETON AND RUSSELL GARNER BIG SOUTH MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK THIS SEASON: Senior James Stapleton garnered Choice Hotels Big South Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week for the Week of Sept. 14 after having a career game against Davidson when he scored two goals and an assist in the win. It was the first multi-point game in Stapleton’s career and was the second game-winning goal of his career and season. Alex Russell garnered Big South Choice Hotels Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 28 after leading the Chanticleer defense to win the Big West Challenge. The South Elgin, Ill., native earned his third consecutive All-Tournament nomination after the tournament in Fullerton, Calif., as his defense held the opponents to just two goals on the weekend and nine shots on goal in the two games. Along with Russell, Gardner-Webb defender Jovan Ivanovich also earned the award.

SOCCER SELECTED SECOND: The Chanticleers were selected to finish second in the Big South Conference. Winthrop was picked for the fourth consecutive time to finish first and senior Stephan Nsereko of Winthrop was voted Preseason Player of the Year. The preseason poll and Preseason Player of the Year is voted on by the league’s coaches.

EXPERIENCE AT THE HEAD: Head Coach Shaun Docking returns for his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. Docking has led the Chanticleers to a 139-76-19 overall record, and a 55-19-4 Big South Conference record. Under his leadership he has led the Chanticleers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2001-2005, and have five Big South Regular Season Championships and four BSC Tournament Championships. Adding to his staff, Docking announced Michael Rubesch as assistant coach in the summer of 2009, Rubesch head coached Emory for 19 seasons and accumulated a record of 236-99-22. The assistant goalkeeper coach, Joel Barber, will be returning for another season, and former Chanticleers Rob Holstein and Kyle Russell are also participating as part of the support staff.

2008 IN REVIEW: The Chanticleers finished the 2008 season 10-10-1 overall and second in the Big South, at 5-2-1. A noteworthy game is a 1-0 overtime win against nationally-ranked Charlotte and a five-game unbeaten streak in mid season. Earning end of the season honors were Robert Hunter and Kyle Russell: All-Big South First Team, Ross Kelly: All-Big South Second Team, and Carlos Recinos: All-Big South Freshman Team.

NEXT ON THE RADAR: The Chanticleers continue their road conference play when they travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on the Blue Hose of Presbyterian.