Coastal Carolina (7-6, 1-3 Big South) gets back into its Big South schedule with a single game this week against conference rival VMI on Saturday, Oct 23, at 11 a.m. Coastal had a busy slate of games last week. It opened the week by falling to #21 Wake Forest in a close 2-1 game. It then traveled to Greensboro, N.C. where it participated in UNC Greensboro/adidas Invitational. On Friday they took on the host school #2 in the nation UNC Greensboro. CCU lost a tightly fought game 2-0. The Chanticleers played its third and final game of the weekend as it took on Davidson. That game was also competive as both teams cold only muster a goal in 110 minutes of play for a tie.
VMI dropped a weekend game to Winthrop, 3-2, the loss snapped its school record five-game winning streak. The Keydets are 8-5-1 this season and an impressive 5-2-1 at home. Virginia Military is led by sophomore Charles Nweke who is fouth in the conference with 22 points. He is a well rounded player with 8 goals and 6 assists this season. Fellow sophomore Michael Lloyd is seventh in the conference with seven goals scored this season. Lloyd was the Big Souths Player of the Week, Oct. 12. As a team VMI is sixth nationally in scoring offense this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Upton is third in the conference in goals against average at 1.35 per game.
Week in Review
Coastals freshman defenseman Patrick Robertson scored his first career goal to give CCU (7-6-1 1-3 Big South) an early first half lead but Davidson (4-7-1) rallied for a tie, 1-1, on Sunday evening, Oct. 17, in Greensboro, N.C. Freshman goalkeeper Aaron Weant would go the entire game for Coastal, only give up in the one score in 110 minutes of play, while registering five saves. For the game Coastal matched up well with Davidson only trailing 16-13 in shots, while leading 8-6 in shots on goal. CCU also held a slight advantage of 6-4 in corner kicks.The tie by the Chants was its first, since the 2002 season when it was tied three times. The 1992 season was the last time Coastal and Davidson played a game to a draw.
Coastals Boyzzz Khumalo registered all three of the Chanticleers shot on goal but it was not enough (7-6, 1-3 Big South) as CCU dropped a hard fought game to the second ranked team in the country in UNC Greensboro (11-0-1), 2-0, on Friday evening, Oct. 15, in Greensboro, N.C. The second half remained scoreless until seven minutes in (54:27) when junior midfielder Phil Long would score the only goal UNCG would need for the evening, unassisted off a steal from 25 yards out, past freshman goalkeeper Aaron Weant to put the Spartans up 1-0. Long would strike again just over 30 minutes later (84:41), when he took the feed from sophomore Randi Patterson, after another steal, for his second goal of the evening off a bender from10 yards for the final 2-0 margin of victory. For the game Coastal matched up very well with Greensboro, only trailing 15-11 in shots and 6-3 in shots on goal. The corner kicks only held a slight advantage for UNCG at 6-5 lead. CCU was whistled for 20 fouls as compared to 14 for UNC Greensboro, though.
Coastals Boyzzz Khumalo scored a late goal but it was not enough (7-5, 1-3 Big South) as CCU dropped a close game to #21 Wake Forest, 2-1, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 12, at CCU Soccer Stadium. Wake Forest scored two goals in the game first fifteen minutes. Just as the game looked like it could get out of hand, the Chanticleers defense stepped up and didnt allow Wake to reach the back of the net for the rest of the game despite several prime opportunities.This allowed the Chants offense to begin to play catch-up. The attempted comeback would start when Khumalo took a great feed from fellow senior Mubarike Chisoni to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. For Khumalo this would be his sixth goal of the season, and the fifth assist registered by Chisoni this season. The Coastal offense was now awake and on the attack as they had Wake on its heels. Coastal after only registering one shot on goal up to this point, got one shot on goal by Jordie Hughes and one shot by Randy Owen that went high in the last eleven minutes to put a scare into Wake, and give the Coastal faithful a few anxious moments.
Senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni has been outstanding in his first fourteen games of the season scoring nine goals, including a game winner, and registering five assists. Chisoni has registered the first two hat tricks of his career already this year with one against Anderson and Louisville. For his great performance he was named to the National Player of the Week Team by College Soccer News for the week of Sept. 5. Fellow senior Boyzzz Khumalo has also played well as he has tallied six goals, including two game winner against Furman and Harvard, and registered eight assists on the season, which is among the national leaders. Junior Jordie Hughes has quietly put together an outstanding year with five goals and eight assists, for 18 points.
Two Chanticleers were honored with places on the UNCG/adidas All-Tournament Team, Oct. 17. Senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni and fellow senior forward Boyzzz Khumalo were both awarded with places on the All-Tournament Team.
In leading Coastal to a third place finish in the Clemson/Nike Invitational,Oct. 3, senior Dario Grassini was named to the All-Tournament Team along with fellow defender freshman Patrick Robertson. Grassini scored the game winning goal against Hofstra in a thrilling 3-2 victory on Oct. 1.
Coastal Carolinas Boyzzz Khumalo is on the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in mens soccer, the organization announced. The senior forward was also named to the College Soccer News Second Team Preseason All-American. Khumalo is coming off a 2003 season where he scored seven goals, including three game winners, and tallied 10 assists for 24 points. He also was a member of the 2003 First-Team All South Atlantic Region and a Third Team All-American by the NSCAA.
Players of the Week
Boyzzz Khumalo was named Player of the Week in the Big South Conference for the week of Sept. 6-12. Khumalo had a great week with three goals scored and four assists tallied. This is the second consecutive week a Chant has captured the honor, with Mubarike Chisioni taking home the award for the week of August 30-Sept. 5. Chisoni scored four goals and registered three assists during the week as Coastal opened the 2004 campaign with a pair of wins.
Boyzzz Khumalo with eight assists this season, has now amassed 18 career assists, which ties him for 10th on the all time list with ormer CCU player Eric Schmitt.
Mubarike Chisoni, with the five assists he as ammased this season, now has 23 career assists, which is seventh an the Chants All-Time assist list.
Among the NCAA Leaders
Jordie Hughes and Boyzzz Khumalo are both ranked 16th in all of college soccer with the 8 assists each has registered this year.
Coastal soccer excels at getting many players involved, as it lead the Big South Conference by tallying 2.50 assists per game. Coastal also is the hardest team to score against in the conference with a goals against average of 1.20. The most goals the Chants goalkeepers have allowed in any single game is two and as a team it is tied for the second in the conference with three shutouts this season. Coastal is third in the conference by averaging 2.07 goals per game.
The Chants have shown themselves to be a poised bunch, with only fourteen yellow card on the season, which is the lowest in the league.
Jordie Hughes leads the conference by register multi-assists in three games this season. Mubarike Chisoni is second in the conference with two multi-goal games.
Former CCU star and current L.A. Galaxy forward Joseph Ngwenya was honored, August 8, for his 2003 accomplishment by the Big South Conference when he received the Howard Bagwell Award, given to the most outstanding Mens Player of Year for the 2003-2004 season. Ngwenya is coming off a season where he led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season (56 points) and was one of three finalist for the Hermann Trophy while being honored as the 2003 Mens Soccer National Soccer Player of the Year by Soccer America. He also earned his second-straight All-Big South award as well as being named the Big South Tournaments MVP.
CCU stay on the road to take on Winthrop University on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.