Men's Soccer to Host UNC Asheville, Travel to Radford


Men's Soccer to Host UNC Asheville, Travel to Radford

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HUNTER'S OVERTIME GOAL GIVES CHANTS WIN NO. 5: Halfway into the extra period, freshman Tyler Miles beat a defender down the left sideline and fired a shot just inside the 18-yard box that High Point Panther goalkeeper Michael Chesler managed to stop, but couldn’t corral the rebound. Miles picked up the loose ball, and dished the ball to a streaking Robert Hunter who found the back of the net for his second “Golden Goal” on the year and fourth goal overall.

TAKING IT TO THE LIMIT: Sunday’s overtime contest marked the fourth overtime game of the year for the Chants, where they are now 4-0 in contests that reach extra time. Four of Coastal Carolina’s five wins have come in extra time, with Hunter having two game winners, and freshman Carlos Recinos with a pair of sudden-victory tallies.

SO FRESH, SO CLEAN: Sunday’s shutout of the Panthers was truly a group effort, as the Chanticleer back line held High Point to nine shots, five below their season average. The effort resulted in Chant goalkeeper Phillip Latham’s second clean sheet of the season. The first shutout came way back on Aug. 29 in the opening contest of the season against Florida Atlantic. Latham made two saves on the day.

Coastal Carolina is 3-0 on the year when scoring multiple goals. In the other two victories, the Chants have scored only one goal, but their stingy defense proved to be the difference in earning two shutouts.

Junior defender Phillip Blake made his Chanticleer debut Sunday after being cleared early last week. The Gardner-Webb transfer played the entire match, and limited the Panther’s leading scorer Chris Shrum to one shot on goal.

The Bulldogs are led offensively by Scott Szymanski and Bryan George, who have three goals apiece. Asheville will enter Wednesday’s contest on a two-game losing streak after falling to Radford 2-1 on Oct. 11 and 2-1 to Gardner-Webb on Oct. 15. The Bulldogs will be well rested, as their last contest was the Oct. 15 loss to Gardner-Webb. Against common opponents, Asheville has defeated Longwood 3-2, VMI 2-1, and lost to Gardner-Webb.

SCOUTING RADFORD: the Highlanders will travel to VMI on Wednesday to take on the Keydets before hosting the Chants on Sunday. Radford currently holds an overall record of 7-6-1 and are 3-3 in the Big South heading into Wednesday’s matchup against VMI. Offensively, Radford is led by Iyiola Awosika, who has six goals on the year, and Emmanuel Joseph who has three goals and two assists. In common opponents, Radford has defeated Liberty, Longwood and UNC Asheville, while losing to High Point, and Gardner-Webb.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Chants will travel to Radford on Sunday to take on the Highlanders at 1 p.m. Sunday’s away contest will be the final Big South road contest of the season for the Coastal Carolina, as it will host Presbyterian on Oct. 29 and Winthrop on Nov. 5. In addition, Coastal Carolina will play host to the 2008 Big South Conference Championships Nov. 13-16.