Nov. 1, 2012
CONWAY - The eighth nationally-ranked and Big South Conference regular season champion Coastal Carolina men's soccer team will close out its regular season slate of games on Friday as hosts to league foe High Point at the CCU Soccer Field. Prior to the 7 p.m. game the Chanticleers will recognize seniors Ashton Bennett, Robby Joe Daniels and Sean McCormick for their accomplishments and contributions to the Coastal Carolina men's soccer program.
STUDENTS: The game will mark the final opportunity to earn student reward points prior to the men's basketball home opener against Akron on Friday, Nov. 9. Student tickets for the Akron game will be distributed based on reward point totals. Free food and beverages will be available, compliment of the department of Athletics, for the first 200 students in attendance.
#7 Ashton Bennett's Career Highlights
2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
2012 Senior CLASS Award finalist
2012 College Soccer News Preseason All-American
2012 Big South Preseason Attacking Player of the Year
2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
2011 NCAA First Team All-American
2011 NCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region
2011 Big South Attacking Player of the Year
2011 First Team All-Big South
2011-12 Big South Male Student-Athlete of the Year
Led nation in Goals (23), Points (53) and points per game (2.41) in 2011
Finished the 2011 season with seven multi-goal games, including hat tricks against liberty and Richmond
Four-time Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Team of the Week honoree
Five-time Big south attacking player of the week
Ranks seventh in the CCU record book for career goals (36), ninth in career points (84) and 10th in career shots (160) despite playing only 40 career games
Currently ranks eighth in the NCAA with 13 goals and eighth in total points with 31 (13g/5a)
Scored seven goals in a four game stretch earlier this season
#12 Robby Joe Daniels' Career Highlights
Member of two Big South regular season championship teams (2011 and 2012)
Member of the 2010 Big South tournament championship team
Member of two NCAA Tournament teams (2010 and 2011)
Netted nine goals and assisted on four others to total 22 career points
Starter in 17 of 45 games played, including two this season
Scored a game-tying goal against Bowling Green and added an insurance goal against Presbyterian College this season
Found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner, this season at VMI
Scored a pair of goals in the Chants' 10-1 rout of Richmond in the 2011 VCU tournament
Provided the game-winner in overtime to complete the upset over no. 16 VCU during the 2011 CCU Tournament
Scored his first collegiate goal in 2010 against Big South foe High Point
Netted the game-winning goal for Coastal in the 2010 Big South Tournament quarterfinal victory over VMI
Named to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Big South Presidential Honor Roll
#15 Sean McCormick's Career Highlights
Member of three Big South regular season championship teams (2009, 2011 and 2012)
Member of the 2010 Big South tournament championship team
Member of two NCAA Tournament teams (2010 and 2011)
Recorded three goals and an assist to tally seven career points
Key reserve forward
Named to the 2009 Big South Conference All-Freshmen team
Appeared in Coastal's starting lineup in 11 of 48 games played, including two this season
Netted a goal this season against Bowling Green to help the Chants to a 3-3 draw
Scored and added an assist in the Chants' 10-1 rout of Richmond in the 2011 VCU Tournament
Recorded his first collegiate goal against N.C. State on Oct. 20, 2010
Four-year letter winner
Overall: 15-1-2, 9-0-0 Big South
2012 Big South Conference Regular Season Champions
Streaks: Win 12 (CCU record is 15, 2002); Unbeaten 16 (CCU record is 21, 2001-02)
In the Polls
The 2012 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have set a school-record with this week's national poll rankings. The Chanticleers are ranked as high as eighth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the official poll recognized by the NCAA. The No. 8 ranking surpasses the program's previous high of No. 9 in 2003, 2011 and three weeks this season. In addition, the Chants are ranked ninth by Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and Soccer Times and 12th by College Soccer News.
In the NCAA Statistical Rankings
After leading the nation in goals per game (3.0) and total goals (66) last season, the Chanticleers are once again back on top of the rankings this season. Coastal ranks first in the NCAA in goals (47), assists (47) and total points (141), while holding the second spot with a 2.61 goals per game average. In addition, the Chants' defensive unit ranks seventh in goals against average (.64) and 13th in shutout percentage (.50). Coastal ranks third in the country with a .889 winning percentage, trailing only Maryland's (14-0-2) .938 and Cornell's (13-1-0) .929.
Garbanzo Nets First Career Hat Trick and Trio of Plaudits
Ricky Garbanzo, a Rock Hill, S.C., native put in four goals and dished out one assist to lead the Chanticleers to a 2-0 record last week, including a win over Radford to clinch the Big South Regular-Season Championship. At South Carolina on Oct. 24, he netted all three scores in Coastal's 3-2 win, marking his first career hat trick. After South Carolina took the early lead, Garbanzo kicked in his first score of the contest in the 47th minute and followed with another goal two minutes later. He closed out the hat trick in the 53rd minute. Three days later at Radford, he scored in the 72nd as he finished an Ashton Bennett through ball. He then assisted on Bennett's goal in the 76th minute to give Coastal Carolina the 4-1 win. For his efforts, he was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week and earned his first Big South Attacking Player of the Week nod this season.
No. 1 Seed for the Sixth Time
In clinching the Big South regular season championship with a 4-1 win at Radford on Oct. 27, the Chanticleers have guaranteed themselves the No. 1 seed in the forthcoming Big South Tournament. This marks the second consecutive and sixth overall time the Chants have entered the championship tournament with top seeding. Due to a change in the tournament format this season, the Chants will play host to the eighth-seed team in a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the CCU Soccer Field. Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m. The semifinal and championship matches of the 2012 Big South Tournament will be played at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.
The Honors Continue
Coastal Carolina men's soccer backline mates Henrik Robstad, Jhamie Hyde, Uchenna Uzo and Shawn McLaws have been named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21. In addition, Uzo was singled out by College Soccer News as a member of its weekly National Team and by the Big South Conference as the Defensive Player of the Week. The quartet joins forwards Ashton Bennett and Ricky Garbanzo as Chanticleers to be honored as members of Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week this season. Robstad, Hyde, Uzo and McLaws combined to help post the team's third consecutive shutout and ninth of the season.
Coastal is riding a 12 game winning and 16 game unbeaten streak. During the winning streak the Chants have outscored their opponents by a staggering 36-7 margin, including a 30-2 margin in Big South play. Through the 16 game unbeaten streak Coastal has outscored opponents 43-11.
Staying Perfect in Big South Play
With its 4-1 win over Radford on Saturday, Oct. 27, Coastal extended its current Big South Conference regular season winning streak to 18 games dating back to the start of the 2011 season (19 game unbeaten streak, 18-0-1, dating back to the final game of the 2010 season). In posting a perfect 9-0-0 conference mark en route to a regular season championship in 2011 and a 9-0-0 record this season, the current Chants have easily surpassed Coastal's previous Big South regular season winning streak of 12 games that was established from the 2006-08 seasons.
So You Want to Come to the Beach
Since moving to their current home in 2002, the Chanticleers are 67-19-6 (.760) at the CCU Soccer Field. Moreover, Coastal holds an impressive 28-4-4 (.833) home record since the 2009 campaign, including a 8-0-1 record this season.
Bennett is Catching Fire
After a somewhat slow start to the season Ashton Bennett has caught fire. He has found the back of the net nine times in his last eight outings, including a stretch of a pair of goals in three consecutive games from Oct. 6-13. Bennett currently leads the Big South and ranks eighth in the NCAA in total goals with 13. He ranks eighth in the country in total points (31), 17th in goals per game (0.72) and 16th in points per game (1.72). With his two-goal output at Radford on Oct. 27, the Clarendon, Jamaica, native moved into sole possession of seventh place in the CCU record book with 36 career goals in only 40 games played.
Spreading the Joy of Goals
Last season the Chanticleers led the NCAA with 66 goals in 22 games with Ashton Bennett (23) and Pedro Ribeiro (9) recording 32 of the scoring strikes. This season Coastal has netted 47 goals in 18 games to again lead the nation. However, unlike the 2011 campaign 13 different Chants have scored, and while Bennett again leads the team with his 13 goals he is one of seven Chanticleers to score two or more goals this season. Sophomore Ricky Garbanzo ranks second on the team with a career-high 10 counters followed by senior Robby Joe Daniels and freshman Tevin Skyers with four each.
Give it Your Best Shot ... If You Can Get One Off
To date the Chanticleers have posted a combined nine team shutouts (tying for sixth on the CCU single season list) and an impressive .800 save percentage. Goalkeeper Federico Bertele's has recorded 5.2 of those shutouts and ranks 10th in the NCAA with a .67 goals against average. However, Bertele and the other keepers' work has been limited this season due to the outstanding play of the Chants' backline. The Coastal defensive unit led by All-American candidates Kjartan Sigurdsson and Uchenna Uzo has limited opponents to a mere 153 shot attempts (8.5 per game) and only 60 on goal (3.33 per game). Moreover, Coastal's high-pressure defense has held three opponents (Florida Atlantic, UNC Asheville, VMI) without a shot on frame.
The Winning General
Coastal Carolina's 2-1 win over UNC Greensboro was the 200th for Chanticleer head coach Shaun Docking. Docking, who has collected 180 of his 200 wins at CCU, became the 46th active NCAA Division I coach to achieve the career milestone. Docking, who became Coastal's all-time wins leader with victory 167 over UNC Ashville on Oct. 15, 2011, entered the season as the 28th winningest active coach in the NCAA by percentage (.633) and 47th by total victories (194-107-9). To date, Docking holds a 208-107-29 (.646) overall record (17 years), including a 188-88-27 (.665) record in 15 seasons on the Chanticleer sideline.
Bennett Named Senior CLASS Finalist
As for Bennett, the Chants' standout was named one of 10 men's soccer finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The winner will be selected by a combination of media, coaches and fan votes, which can be made online at www.seniorCLASSaward.com. The results of the voting will be announced during the College Cup championships Dec. 7-9 in Hoover, Ala.