CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team (9-6-2, 4-2-0 Big South) defeated the Eagles from Winthrop (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Big South) 2-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in an exciting, fast-paced double-overtime game.
The first half was very physical with a total of 21 fouls called, but was scoreless. Putting the Chanticleers on the board in the 61st minute was junior Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) who put the ball through the posts with a diving header off a corner kick from junior Lachlan Cahill (Kiama, Australia/Kiama).
Winthrop brought the score to even in the 66th minute when Henry Kalungi took a throw in from the left side and fired a shot from outside the 18 putting the ball into the top right corner of the goal to tie the match at 1-1. Winthrop had chances to score late in regulation, but senior Jeremy Wolfgang (Reading, Pa./Wilson) was there to stop them. Wolfgang had a critical save in the 80th minute when Eagle forward Saidi Isaac was free in the open field and shot the ball near post. Wolfgang finished the game with five saves.
With the score tied at 1-1 the contest was forced into double-overtime. With just a minute and a half left in the second overtime, Coastal applied some offensive pressure and was awarded a corner kick in the 109th minute. Taking the corner was junior Mkhokheli Dube (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Pumula (Lindsey Wilson)) who put the ball into the middle of the box where it was deflected into the empty net by a Winthrop defender giving the Chants the victory.
"I was very pleased with our character tonight," Head Coach Shaun Docking said. "I thought our guys handled the intensity of the very good Winthrop team and I was extremely pleased with our play in the overtime periods. They showed a lot of poise especially when the score was tied at 1-1 and worked hard to get the win."
The victory was the sixth straight over Winthrop and this was the first conference loss for the Eagles this season.
The Chanticleers will wrap-up regular season play on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. hosting High Point on Senior Day.