The Coastal Carolina (7-6-2, 2-2 Big South) mens soccer team will return home this week to continue conference play taking on Birmingham Southern (4-8-1, 1-2-1 Big South) on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. on the CCU Soccer Field.
The VMI Game
The Chanticleers collected the seventh win of their season with a 2-0 victory over the host Keydets from VMI, Oct. 14. Junior Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) put the Chanticleers on the board late in the first half, scoring on a header off a corner kick from sophomore Djamel Bekka (Tulsa, Okla./Union), bringing the score to 1-0 in the 44th minute. In the 67th minute junior Mkhokheli Dube (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Pumula (Lindsey Wilson) scored the second goal of the contest when he took a cross in front of the net from junior Robert Holstein (Middleburg, Fla/St. Johns County (Queens University of Charlotte)) to put the Chants up 2-0. The Chants outshot the Keydets 23-8. Ten of the Chanticleer shots were on goal with Keydet goaltender Thomas Upton collecting eight saves. Dube took eight of the 23 shots on the day while junior Kevin Van Den Berg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) took four. In goal for the Chants was senior Jeremy Wolfgang (Reading, Pa./Wilson), who moved his record to 6-3-0 and collected his third shutout of the season and his second shutout in his career against VMI.
Scouting Birmingham Southern
Birmingham-Southern (4-8-1, 1-2-1 BSC) fell to the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday, Oct.14 when Winthrop scored two goals late in the game to seal the victory. The Panthers have lost three straight games and are currently ranked sixth in the conference with a 1-2-1 Big South record.
Series Against Birmingham Southern
The Chants have a 10-5-4 advantage over the Panthers. In their last meeting, the Chants lost 3-2 in Birmingham on Oct. 1, 2005.
The Chants have played 15 games with a 11.60 shot average, 1.47 goal average, a 1.53 assist average and a 4.47 points per game average.
The Chants have collected 22 total goals this season with their opponents collecting 24.
The Chants have taken 86 total corner kicks thus far this season compared to their opponents totalling 66.
Coastal has a 6-1-1 record when holding the opponent to 13 shots or less.
Coastal is second in the conference in points (67), goals (22), assists (23), assists per game (1.53), and in shutouts (5).
Van Den Berg is Tricky
Junior Midfielder Kevin Van Den Berg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) was tabbed as Big South Player of the Week after extending his season goal mark to six during the week of Oct. 2-8. He netted four goals in CCUs two games. His week got started on Oct. 3 with three goals as the Chants knocked off the College of Charleston, 3-2, picking up his first-ever collegiate hat trick. On Saturday, Oct. 7, he kicked in one goal for Coastal in the loss against Radford, finishing the week with eight points.
Tending the Goal
Chanticeer goaltenders have a total of 62 saves on the year with .721 save percentage. Jeremy Wolfgang leads the keepers with 34 and an .756 percentage. Aaron Weant has collected 26 with a .722 percentage.
Lets Hear It For Luke
Senior Luke Ibbetson (York,England/Millthrope) has netted eight goals this season and leads the Big South Conference in game-winning goals. He also ranks third in the league in goals (8), fourth in points (18) and in goals per game(0.57). As of Sept. 26, he was tied for 16th in the nation in goals per game and 22nd in points per game. Ibbetson, the transfer from Lander University, scored his first goal as a Chanticleer in the second game of the season against Michigan. He also picked up his first Division I hat trick scoring all three goals in the 3-2 win over the Wolverines. Ibbetson also holds the longest streak in the Big South for consecutive games with a point with five.
Just Do It Dube
Junior Mkhokheli Dube (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Pumula (Lindsey Wilson) has been doing it big for the Chants. Dube currently ranks second in shots in the Big South Conference with 47 and third in shots per game. Dube, also a newcomer to the Coastal roster, has played in 14 games this season and collected three goals for CCU.
Wolfgang Saves the Day
Senior Jeremy Wolfgang has been a big factor for the Chants this season. His 34 rank him second in the conference in save percentage and second in the goals against average. During the week of Sept. 17, he was tied for 26th in NCAA Division I in save percentage at .846 and also ranked 29th in the nation with 0.70 goals against average. He has recorded two shutouts this season against Bowling Green and Richmond. Wolfgang was named Big South Player of the Week (Sept. 6) after collecting a career-best 10 saves against Michigan.
Shine on Shaw
In week three of the season, the Chants traveled to Greenville, S.C. to the Diadora/Sphinx Invitational hosted by Furman. In game one, Coastal took on Stetson where redshirt freshman Tim Shaw (Bowling Green, Ky./Greenwood) scored his first goals as a Chant, tallying two of the five in the 5-3 win over the Hatters. Shaws performance throughout the weekend earned him All-Tournament honors, as did two other Chants. Junior Patrick Robertson (Woodsland,Texas/Woodsland) recorded one goal and one assist on the weekend and sophomore Kyle Russell (Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), a defender, who has been a huge force in the Chant defense thus far this season.
Weant the Protector and the Provider
After missing the first part of the season with a non-soccer injury, junior Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope) entered the game against Stetson early in the second half. On his first touch of the year, Weant took a back pass from Robertson and drove the ball to Shaw on the left side of the Stetson penalty box. Shaw then got the bouncing ball to Ibbetson, who chipped the ball over Stetsons keeper for his fifth goal of the season, extending Coastals lead back to two at 4-2 exactly three minutes after SUs previous goal. Weant earned the assist on the play, making it the first-ever assist by a goalkeeper in the history of the Coastal Carolina mens soccer program. Weant ended the 2005 season playing in 16 games with a 1.16 goals against average and 44 saves.