ROCK HILL, S.C.An offensive explosion in the second half by the Coastal Carolina University mens soccer team (5-8-1, 2-2 Big South) erased a 1-0 halftime deficit and gave the Chanticleers a 3-1 win over Winthrop University (6-6-1, 1-2-1 Big South) Oct. 19 in Rock Hill, S.C. Coastal won its second straight match in Big South action by scoring three goals in a 13:36 span.
Coastal came out on the attack, as freshman Brad Stissers (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Highlands Ranch) shot was saved by the Eagles Patrick Mitrovich just 4:09 into the match. Coastal and Winthrop had five shots apiece in the first half, but it was Winthrops last attempt that found the back of the net. At 41:50, Oliver Denal fired just inside the box on a pass from Daniel Revivo and beat sophomore Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope) for the 1-0 Winthrop lead. Each goalie had a save in the first half and Winthrop had all six corner kicks in the first frame.
Coastal tied the match at one in the 60th minute. Sophomore Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama) took a pass from senior Jordie Hughes (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum) and beat Mitrovich to the right corner for his fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Patrick Robertson (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) put the Chanticleers in the lead just 3:39 later when his header off a Cahill free kick got past Mitrovich. It was Robertsons third goal of the year. Hughes then got into the act at 73:36 on a goal off the rebounded shot from sophomore Robert Holstein (Middleburg, Fla./St. John's County (Queen's University-Charlotte)), his team-leading fifth goal of the season, that sealed the win for Coastal.
Coastal outshot Winthrop 15-11, including taking 10 shots in the second half. Winthrop had a 7-1 corner-kick advantage and had 20 fouls, compared to 15 for Coastal.
Weant earned the win in goal, stopping two shots. Winthrops Mitrovich had four saves on the night. Hughes led CCU with six shots, while Cahill had five attempts.
Coastal continues its road trip in the Big South Saturday, Oct. 22, for a 4 p.m., match against UNC Asheville.