Coastal Carolina (4-8-1, 1-2 Big South) mens soccer team heads back into conference play with a pair of games this week. First on the slate is rescheduled game against Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Then CCU continues its road swing by traveling to Asheville, N.C.. to take on the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville at 4 p.m. on Oct. 22.
Winthrop (6-5-1, 1-1-1) lost its last game, falling at the hands of Clemson 1-0 in overtime. Previously to that game, Winthrop had gone through an up and down season never winning nor losing more than two games in a row. Leading the charge for the Eagles has been sophomore Saidi Issac. Issac is tied for the Big South Conference lead in goals (8) and leads in points (21). Another player to watch is freshman David Revivo, who is tied with teammate Issac for the team and conference lead in goals (8) while scoring 16 points. Also scoring in double figures for Winthrop has been junior David Kenga with his 12 points on four goals and four assists. The two goalkeepers junior Andy Reid and freshman Pete Mitrovich have split time between the pipes for the Eagles this year.
Series Against Winthrop
Coastal leads the all-time series against Winthrop 17-14-1 having outscored the Eagles 62-44 in those games. Last season, Coastal defeated Winthrop 2-0 in the regular season. Senior Jordie Hughes scored both goals for Coastal. The Chants have defeated the Eagles in each of their last three meetings outscoring them by a combined score of 14-1. But prior to the late good run of fortune for the Chants, Coastal went three-years without defeating Winthrop (2000-2002).
Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville (2-8-1, 1-3 Big South) lost a close one to VMI over the weekend. The Bulldogs took the 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Scott Szymanski with just over four minutes left in the game only to see VMI rally to score the tying goal with two minutes left in regulation and the winning goal in the first overtime period. The Bulldogs are on a bit of a down swing have lost their last three games. This week, the Bulldogs will square off against Campbell on Oct. 17 before welcoming the Chanticleers in for a road weekend contest. On the season, Szymanski has a team-leading five goals while sophomore Daniel Bandoly has a team-high six assists. Sophomore Michael Pereira has spend most of the season in goal for the Bulldogs while compiling a 2-7-1 record.
Series Against UNC Asheville
The Chants have had the best of the all-time series between these two teams. CCU holds a 17-4-1 record against the Bulldogs outscoring them a combined 55-13. Last season, Asheville defeated Coastal 1-0 in regular season play but fell to the Chants by the same score in the Big South Tournament. Senior Jordie Hughes took the feed from sophomore John Ferguson for Coastals lone goal of the game.
Home Sweet Home
Out of Coastals four remaining games, two of them will be home games. This is very good news. In the last eight years, the Chants have posted a 45-13-4 record and a winning percentage of .758 at the friendly confines of CCU Soccer Field.
Its How You Finish
Over the last six years CCU has found a way to consistently win its last four regular season games. The Chants have compiled an amazing record of 18-4-2 with a .791 winning percentage over that period of time.
When Coastal Carolina squared off against #17 UNC-Greensboro nobody expected much, but the Chants themselves. But that faith in themselves almost proved to be enough as CCU lost 1-0 to the Spartans. The only tally of the game was an own goal that Coastal inadvertently knocked in its own net in the first five minutes of action. Senior Jordie Hughes had several good looks at tying the game in the last eight minutes but Greensboro held on for a 1-0 victory.
The Streak is Snapped
Coastal Carolina soccer team snapped its two game conference losing streak and three overall slide with a 2-0 victory over High Point. Sophomore Daniel OBrien and freshman Kyle Russell picked up assists on the Lachlan Cahill game-winning goal. OBrien tallied the insurance goal his first of the season for Coastal two minutes later on the feed from senior China Maja. Sophomore Aaron Weant picked up his first win of the season in the game.
A Tough One
Coastal lost its third game in a row this time falling to Davidson 3-1. CCU tied the game on a goal from sophomore Patrick Robertson off the feed from Lachlan Cahill. The tie did not last as Coastal soon was playing a man down as Robertson was given a red card for running into the Davidson goalie and thrown out of the game. From that point on Davidson took advantage, scoring two late goals make the final score 3-1.
A Little Rain Must Fall
CCU conference game originally schedule against Winthrop for October 5 was rescheduled until October 19 due to the poor weather conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Tammy.
Coastal lost a heartbreaker to Radford 2-1 despite outshooting the Highlanders 24-6 including 8-3 shots on goals. Senior Jordie Hughes led both teams with eight shots and scored the Chants goal. CCU had several near misses including a shot by Hughes on a break away that hit off the crossbar and two shots on consecutive possessions by freshman Brad Stisser that went just wide. The loss fell to Nowak who saw his record even at 3-3. Hughes moved into a fourth place tie with former Chant Hilmar Arnason for career goals (40) with his tally in the game.
Birmingham-Southern got off to an early 2-0 lead on Coastal only to see the Chanticleers cut the deficit to a goal on a Dominic Rossi tally. After another BSC goal gave the Panthers another back their two goal lead, Coastal again fought back to cut the lead in half late on the Jordie Hughes goal off a penalty kick. But that was as close as the Chants would get as Birmingham-Southern won the Big South Conference matchup 3-2. For the game Hughes had a goal and an assist.
Moving on Up
Jordie Hughes continues to rise on Coastals all-time lists. With 11 points this season, Hughes has now totaled 102 points in his distinguished career, tied with former Chant David Skulason for fifth place. Hughes three assists this season moves him into ninth place all-time in assists with 22. Hughes has four goals this season uping his career total to 40, so he is now tied with former Chant Hilmar Arnason for fourth place in career goals.
Who Loves Tournaments
Before the start of conference season, Coastal Carolina senior midfielder Joseph Kabwe had an amazing streak of making three of the four All-Tournaments teams for CCU. Kabwe finished his strong non-conference play by being named co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic.
Getting it Done
Since head coach Shaun Docking took over as CCU coach in 1998 the Chants are an impressive 21-8-4 during in-season tournaments outscoring the opposition a combined 84-44.
Kabwes MVP Performance
Coastal senior Joseph Kabwe was a named the co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic as he registered two goals and four points in the tournament. Other Chants named to the All-Tournament squad include sophomores Lachlan Cahill, Dominic Rossi and freshman Kyle Russell.
We are the Champions...Partially
Coastal Carolina had an early goal (8:46) by sophomore Kevin Van Berg off the feed from sophomore Robert Holstein and senior Jordie Hughes and ended up in tie with College of Charleston 1-1 (2OT). Coastal outshot the Cougars 18-8 including an 13-2 advantage in the second period and both overtimes. Freshman Djamel Bekka and sophomore Lachlan Cahill each had three shots in the game including two shots on goal each to lead CCU. Coastal was named the Co-Champions of the Tournament along with CofC.
Kabwe Steps it Up
Senior Joseph Kabwe scored the game tying with just over three minutes remaining in regulation (86:59) and then tallied the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime (98:29) to propel Coastal Carolina men's soccer team to a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Virginia Commonwealth on the first night of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. Other Chants to score in the game include the Australian duo of Lachlan Cahill and Dominic Rossi. Rossi had a goal and Cahill totaled a goal and an assist. Sophomore Patrick Robertson and senior Jordie Hughes also tallied
assists for Coastal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak took home the win for Coastal. It was his third win of the season and the first ever win for Coastal over VCU in three tries.
Nike Harvard All-Tournament Team
Coastal Carolina senior Jordie Hughes and sophomore Lachlan Cahill both were named to the Nike/Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament.
Another Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team dropped a close 1-0 game to New Hampshire despite outshooting the Wildcats 12-7 including a 4-2 advantage on shots on goal. Senior Jordie Hughes led both teams with three shots including two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak took the loss for Coastal.
Coastal took a tough defeat against the Crimson of Harvard 3-0. Coastal was outshot by Harvard 17-6. CCU goalkeeper Aaron Weant only allowed a goal in 45 minutes of action but still took the loss for Coastal.
The Honorees Are...
Following the action at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament squad. Seniors Jordie Hughes and Joseph Kabwe and sophomore Kevin Van Den Berg were Coastals three honorees.
Senior Jordie Hughes had the game-tying and game-winning goals as Coastal won a wild one over Mercer 5-3 on the final day of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational. Sophomore Dominic Rossi took the feed from freshman Djamel Bekka for the first tally of the game. Senior Joseph Kabwe scored an unassisted goal. An own goal by Mercer was scored for the fifth and final tally of the game for Coastal. Sophomore Ryan Nowak picked up his second win of the season in the victory. Coastal improved its all-time record against Mercer to an impressive 7-0.
The Australian Connection
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team took the tough loss against #24 Ohio State. CCU outshots the Buckeyes 9-7 including an advantage of 7-6 on shots on goal. Sophomore Lachlan Cahill took the feed from fellow Australian sophomore Dominic Rossi for the only Coastal goal of the afternoon. It was also the first time the two of them have been involved in a scoring play together.
Three All-Tournament Selections at adidas Invitational
Following the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament team. The list in order is senior Joseph Kabwe, junior Bobby Zimmer and freshman Brad Stisser.
A Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina lost a tough 1-0 game to Binghamton in the championship game of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. The game was scoreless in the first half and it wasnt until nearly 25 minutes into the second half that the Bearcats broke through. CCU would have three great opportunities in the second half include several good shots by sophomore Dominic Rossi and senior Peter Louis but BU held on for the victory.
A Team Effort
CCU opened the 2005 season with a team effort victory, 6-0, over Northeastern. Six different Chants tallied goals. Senior Craig Reed tallied the first goal of the season for Coastal with sophomore Patrick Robertson, senior Peter Louis, senior Joseph Kabwe, freshman Brad Stisser and sophomore Dominic Rossi scoring the next five goals in that order. For the game Kabwe had a goal and an assist.
Chanticleers in Season Openers
With a win against Northeastern to start the season, Coastal Carolina has a career mark of 19-6-1 in season openers dating back to 1978. The Chanticleers have outscored their opponents a combined 70-30 during the first day of the season. The last time Coastal lost a game on opening day was against Wake Forest in 1999 by a score of 6-1. Last season, Coastal defeated Anderson by a score of 8-0 in its first game.
Head coach Shaun Docking won the 115th of his career and his 95th since his arrival at Coastal with his win on Sunday, September 11. He only trails former Coastal coach Paul Banta, who had a record of 166-94-17 in his 14 year career, for victories at Coastal.
Coastal Carolina was picked to capture its fifth consecutive Big South Conference title by the conference and its sports information directors. CCU captured nine first place votes and 114 of the 128 points to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southern.
Hughes Picked as Pre-Season Player of the Year
Senior Jordie Hughes was selected as the Big South Conferences Preseason Player of the Year. Hughes was the Big Souths scoring leader last season with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists. The 2004 All-Big South First Team Member captured four first-place votes and 13 points overall to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southerns Karim Dietz.
Coastal Carolina brings back 14 letterwinners and six starters from last years team. Besides Hughes, other starters of note back include senior forward Peter Louis, sophomore midfielder Lachlan Cahill, sophomore defenseman Patrick Robertson and junior defenseman Bobby Zimmer. CCU will also bring back both its goalkeepers Aaron Weant and Jeremy Wolfgang. The two combined to post the lowest goals-against average in the conference a season ago.
Two Chants Drafted
This past spring CCU had two more players drafted into the Major League Soccer (MLS). Boyzzz Khumalo and Mubarike Chisoni were drafted with the 36th pick and 46th pick, respectively, by the Chicago Fire and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Chisoni joins former Chant Joseph Ngwenya who was drafted by the Galaxy in 2004.
Momeni Among the Best
Coastal Carolina assistant coach Kom Momeni was named by College Soccer News as one of the top twenty-five assistant coaches in the country in the offseason. Momeni is entering his fourth year as an assistant under head coach Shaun Docking.
Coastal returns home for a Homecoming conference match-up against VMI on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.