Oct. 19, 2011
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina men's soccer returns home after a three-game road trip to face Big South foe VMI Friday, Oct. 21, with kick-off scheduled for 4 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Field. Admission is free.
The Chants defeated the Wofford Terries Tuesday night in Spartanburg, 2-1, with Ricky Garbanzo and Ashton Bennett each scoring a goal. Coastal has outscored its opponents 7-1 the last three games and remains undefeated (6-0) away from Conway this fall.
Friday's match with VMI will be the 14th against the Keydets with Coastal leading the all-time series 13-0 and outscoring VMI, 30-5. The most recent win came during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big South Conference Tournament with Coastal advancing on a 1-0 decision.
The Chanticleers have won eight straight against Big South opponents dating back to last year. Overall, Coastal is also currently riding an eight-game winning streak, the longest streak since 2003, when the Chants reeled off 13 consecutive games before an overtime loss to Santa Clara during the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Chants entered the week ranked second in the NCAA in scoring offense with 2.85 goals per game, second in total goals (37), sixth in winning percentage (.846), 34th in team goals against average (0.84) and 46th in save percentage (.796).
Coastal (12-2, 5-0 BSC) is currently ranked 16th by SoccerAmerica, 19th by CollegeSoccerNews.com and 20th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
Individually, Ashton Bennett entered the week ranked second in the NCAA in total goals, one behind leader Andrew Wenger of Duke. Bennett also ranks second in total points (31), fifth in points per game (2.38) and fifth in goals per game (1.08).
Senior goalkeeper Scott Angevine is the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Week, an honor he has won twice this season. Angevine recorded two clean sheets in a pair of conference wins against High Point and UNC Asheville while recording eight saves on the week. He currently leads the Big South in goals against average (.862), which ranks him 43rd in the NCAA.
With the two shutouts last week, Angevine moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time shutout list in Coastal Carolina history with 15. The Kansas City, Kan., native only needs one more clean sheet to tie the all-time record of 16 held by Chris Malinky (1997-2000) and Neal Robinson (1993-96).
In addition to Angevine's Big South honor, sophomore midfielder Pedro Ribeiro was named to the TopDrawer.com National Team of the Week after helping the Chanticleers to a 2-0 record last week. Ribeiro scored a goal from 30 yards out that dipped under the cross bar for the game-winner against High Point. He tallied his fourth goal of the season in the victory over UNC Asheville on a direct kick from 15 yards out.
Fellow sophomore TeeJay East ranks 59th in the nation in goals per game (0.5), 61st in total goals (6), 95th in points per game (1.08) and 106th in total points (13).