Oct. 27, 2009
LAST WEEK IN CHANTICLEER SOCCER:
Men's Soccer Breaks Even with Presbyterian
The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team tied Presbyterian 1-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Clinton, S.C.
Matt Schroeder opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game when his shot was deflected off of a Presbyterian defender and past goalkeeper James Neal. The goal was Schroeder's first of the season and the second of his career.
The Blue Hose responded as Paul Jackson received a cross from Paul Gunning and shot the ball into the net from six yards out. The Chanticleers finished the first half with more shots 5-4, but the Blue Hose tallied more on goal, 3-2.
Presbyterian put pressure on redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Scott Angevine forcing him to make six saves in the second half. The second-half score remained even at one although Presbyterian outshot the Chanticleers 9-2, while new Presbyterian goalkeeper Andrew Wallingford was left to only make one save.
The Chanticleers opened the first overtime attacking on offense with two shots on goal from James Stapleton and Riley Phelps. Phelps added another shot on goal making the Chanticleer shots on goal total at three. In the second overtime, both teams tallied two shots and none on goal.
Goalkeeper Angevine made eight saves on the day while Presbyterian netminders James made one and Wallingford put aside four.
Men's Soccer Beats VMI 1-0 in an Overtime Thriller
The Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team got back into the win column with an overtime goal from junior Matt Schroder to defeat VMI 1-0 on Sunday, October 25 at home in Conway, S.C.
Schroeder received a pass from Djamel Bekka and headed the ball past Brian Sowell with just 12 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Chanticleers their second conference win.
In the first half, the Chanticleers pressured the Keydets defense by registering eight shots, five on goal. VMI posted seven shots and none on goal.
The Chanticleers continued the offensive attack in the second half outshooting VMI 12-4. The Chants came close when Ross Kelly headed the ball past Sowell, but hit the post at about 10 minutes into the second half. Schroeder also registered three of his game-high and career-high five shots in the second half. The Chants finished the second half with eight corner kicks while VMI had none. The VMI defense held strong to force the Chanticleers into a third consecutive overtime situation.
In overtime, Schroeder came close to scoring at six minutes into the overtime, when his shot was saved by Sowell. With a VMI foul in the last minute of the first overtime, Bekka took the free kick at 12 seconds left and helped on Schroeder's second goal of the season.
The Chanticleers pressed hard on Sowell throughout the game, forcing him to make nine saves while Angevine made three saves on the Keydets. Angevine remains unbeaten with a 3-0-5 record.
UNBEATEN IN NINE: The Chanticleers are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak. They have held their opponents to 0.889 goals per game.
SCOUTING UNC ASHEVILLE: The Bulldogs are coming off of a 3-1 loss over Winthrop who is currently number one in the conference. UNC Asheville is placed fifth just below the Chanticleers in the Big South standings. The UNC Asheville defense has been strong as they have held their opponents to a .820 shot percentage. Goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen has a .807 save percentage and has a goal against average of 1.53. Zachary Odum leads the Bulldogs in points with eight, compiling three goals and two assists.
SERIES HISTORY: The Chanticleers and the Bulldogs have met 28 times over their history. The Chanticleers lead the series 23-4-1 by outscoring them 66-14. The Chants and Bulldogs met twice in last season and most recently in the Big South Conference Championship in the first round. The Chanticleers came out on top both times 1-0, and Robert Hunter scored the lone goal in both game.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Since 2002, this will the only the second time the Chanticleers have played on Halloween. Last time, in 2007 the Chants were successful in defeating cross-state rival Clemson, 2-1. Current Chanticleer, Ross Kelly assisted on the first goal from Mikokheli Dube.
AWESOME ANGEVINE: Goalkeeper Scott Angevine has been an exceptional final line of defense for the Chanticleers. Angevine has a goals against average of 0.57 ranking him 13th in the nation among goalkeepers and is 23rd in the nation with a save percentage of .844 Angevine remains unbeaten on the season and has a record of 3-0-5. He earned his third career shutout against VMI on Oct. 25, making three saves.
WEEK OF SCHROEDER: Junior Matt Schroeder had a great week on Oct. 21-25. In both games, Schroeder scored both goals including a game-winner against VMI. Schroeder scored his first goal of the week in the 1-1 tie versus Presbyterian after a one-on-one situation with a Blue Hose defender in the first half. In the second game against VMI, Schroeder scored with 12 seconds left in the first overtime after receiving a pass from senior Djamel Bekka. Schroeder also tallied a career-high five shots in the VMI game. He now has surpassed his career-high in goals on a season with two. To top off his week, he garnered Big South Athlete of the Week after his stellar performances last week.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Chanticleers are currently unbeaten at home and have posted at 3-0-3 record. The Chants have outscored their opponents 9 to 5 on the home turf.
CHANTICLEER WALL OF DEFENSE: The Chanticleer defense held Liberty's No. 1 scoring offense in the nation to no goals in their meeting Oct. 3. The Chanticleers limited the Flames to no shots on goal in regulation and three in the entire game. The defensive backfield, led by Alex Russell and Levi Curnutte, held the Flames' Darren Ammo, who was ranked fourth in Division I in points per game and goals per game, to only one shot on the day. In 110 minutes of play, the Flames tallied a total of nine shots.
The Chanticleers added to their strong defensive play in the 3-1 Gardner-Webb win only allowing Angevine to see two shots on the day. Angevine earned his first conference win of the season. The defense also got involved on the offensive side when Alex Russell scored his first career goal off of a rebound.
SCORING SPREAD: In the first five games of the season, only two Chanticleers scored goals; Riley Phelps and James Stapleton. In the past eight games, the scoring has been spread out with six different Chanticleers netting goals. Joe Anderson scored two goals in the 3-3 Furman tie and Ross Kelly, Cyprian Hedrick and Austin Eanes, all tallied their first goals of the season in the Big West Challenge. Alex Russell and Robert Hunter netted their first goals of the season in the 3-1 win over Gardner-Webb. And, Matt Shroeder joined the action as he scored both goals in the 1-1 tie versus Presbyterian and the game-winner in the 1-0 win over VMI.
STAPLETON AND RUSSELL GARNER BIG SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK THIS SEASON: Senior James Stapleton garnered Choice Hotels Big South Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week for the Week of Sept. 14 after having a career game against Davidson when he scored two goals and an assist in the win. It was the first multi-point game in Stapleton's career and was the second game-winning goal of his career and season.
Alex Russell garnered Big South Choice Hotels Men's Soccer Co-Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 28 after leading the Chanticleer defense to win the Big West Challenge. The South Elgin, Ill., native earned his third consecutive All-Tournament nomination after the tournament in Fullerton, Calif., as his defense held the opponents to just two goals on the weekend and nine shots on goal in the two games. Along with Russell, Gardner-Webb defender Jovan Ivanovich also earned the award.
SOCCER SELECTED SECOND: The Chanticleers were selected to finish second in the Big South Conference. Winthrop was picked for the fourth consecutive time to finish first and senior Stephan Nsereko of Winthrop was voted Preseason Player of the Year. The preseason poll and Preseason Player of the Year is voted on by the league's coaches.
EXPERIENCE AT THE HEAD: Head Coach Shaun Docking returns for his 12th season at the helm for the Chants. Docking has led the Chanticleers to a 140-76-21 overall record, and a 56-19-6 Big South Conference record. Under his leadership he has led the Chanticleers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2001-2005, and have five Big South Regular Season Championships and four BSC Tournament Championships.
Adding to his staff, Docking announced Michael Rubesch as assistant coach in the summer of 2009, Rubesch head coached Emory for 19 seasons and accumulated a record of 236-99-22. The assistant goalkeeper coach, Joel Barber, will be returning for another season, and former Chanticleers Rob Holstein and Kyle Russell are also participating as part of the support staff.
2008 IN REVIEW: The Chanticleers finished the 2008 season 10-10-1 overall and second in the Big South, at 5-2-1. A noteworthy game is a 1-0 overtime win against nationally-ranked Charlotte and a five-game unbeaten streak in mid season. Earning end of the season honors were Robert Hunter and Kyle Russell: All-Big South First Team, Ross Kelly: All-Big South Second Team, and Carlos Recinos: All-Big South Freshman Team.
NEXT ON THE RADAR: The Chanticleers travel to Rock Hill, N.C. to take on rival and last year's conference champion, Winthrop, on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.