Nov. 2, 2009
Date: Tuesday, November, 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Rock Hill, S.C.
Series: Coastal leads 21-16-1
Head Coach: Rich Posipanko
2008 record: 15-6-1 (6-2)
2009 record: 10-4-2 (4-1-2)
Last game result: L, 3-0 vs. Liberty
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Conway, S.C. (CCU Soccer Stadium)
Series: Radford leads 12-11-2
Head Coach: Spencer Smith
2008 record: 7-10-2 (3-4-1)
2009 record: 4-7-2 (1-3-2)
Last game result: L, 2-0 to Elon
LAST TIME OUT: MEN’S SOCCER HOLDS OFF UNC ASHEVILLE, 2-1: The Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team defeated the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 2-1 Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31 at Asheville, N.C. The Chanticleers improved their win streak to two and unbeaten streak to 10 and are now at the 6-2-6 mark overall and 3-0-3 in the Big South. The Bulldogs now fall to 6-9-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the conference. Matt Schroeder opened the scoring for the Chanticleers at 14:10 into the game when he tapped in a free kick from senior Djamel Bekka. Ross Kelly added another 22 minutes later off of a rebound from Schroeder and Bekka to score his second goal of the season. The Chanticleers forced Asheville goalkeeper Lass Hurskainen to make two more saves to end the half up two goals. The Chants outshot the Bulldogs 6-2. In the second half, the Bulldogs cut the Chanticleer lead to one as Scott Himelein scored his second goal of the season by picking up a lose ball from Jake Sides and Connor Holzinger in the 53rd minute of the game. The Chanticleers defense held off the Bulldogs as Asheville outshot the Chants 3-2. Kelly had the game-high two shots of the Chanticleers’ eight. The Chants tallied more corner kicks in the game with three to the Bulldogs one.
UNBEATEN IN TEN : The Chanticleers are currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak with a 5-0-5 record. They have held their opponents to 0.90 goals per game.
SCOUTING WINTHROP: The Eagles are currently first in the Big South with a 4-1-2 conference record. They suffered their first loss in conference 3-0 against Liberty on Oct. 31 and previously lost 4-0 to Southern Conference foe Elon. It was the first time that the Eagles have been shutout in back to back games since 2000. The Eagles have the Big South points leader in Matthew Skonicki with 29 points on the season, 11 goals, and seven assists. The Eagles have four players that combine for double figures in points. The Eagles have struck wins over College of Charleston 1-0, Applachian State, 3-1 and High Point, 2-0. Enrique Miranda has played in goal in all 16 games and has a goals-against average of 1.76 and a .655 save percentage and has three shutouts.
SERIES HISTORY: The Chanticleers and Eagles have a long history meeting 38 times. The two have one of the biggest soccer rivalries in the Big South. Last season, the Chants lost to the Eagles 3-2 in the regular season and lost in an overtime heartbreaker in the conference championship 4-3. Despite the two tough losses last season, Coastal leads the series 21-16-1.
SCOUTING RADFORD: Radford will play against High Point before meeting up with the Chants on Saturday. Despite their 4-7-2 record and 1-3-2 conference record, the Highlanders have given teams trouble by tying Liberty and Winthrop, beating Virginia Tech 3-1 and beat Applachian State 3-2. The defensive Radford team has a allowed 1.19 goals against average. Goalkeeper Ryan Taylor has three shutouts on the season and a .783 save percentage. James Leif leads the Highlanders with three goals and six points on the season.
SERIES VS. RADFORD: Radford leads the series against the Chanticleers 12-11-2 and has outscored them 49-37. In their last meeting in the regular season, the teams broke even with a 1-1 tie. But, the Chants were successful in the first round of the Big South Tournament by beating Radford 1-0. Current Chanticleer Matt Schroeder scored the lone goal in that game with Ross Kelly assisting on it.
AWESOME ANGEVINE: Goalkeeper Scott Angevine has been an exceptional final line of defense for the Chanticleers. Angevine is unbeaten on the season and has an overall record of 4-0-5. He earned his third career shutout against VMI on Oct. 25. Angevine has compiled a .818 save percentage and a 0.62 goals against average.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Chanticleers are currently unbeaten at home and have posted at 2-0-3 record. The Chants have outscored their opponents 8-5 on the home turf.
CHANTICLEER WALL OF DEFENSE: In conference play the Chanticleers have not allowed more than one goal in any of the six games played. Goalkeeper Scott Angevine remains unbeaten and has three shutouts. The backline before Angevine of Levi Curnutte and Alex Russell have been a main factor for the the Chants recent success by allowing Angevine to see 16 shots.
SUPER SCHROEDER: Junior Matt Schroeder has been on a hotstreak as of late. In the last three games, Schroeder has had a part in every goal scored tallying three and an assist. 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 game against VMI, Schroeder scored with 12 seconds left in the first overtime after receiving a pass from senior Djamel Bekka and tallying his first game-winner of the season. Schroeder tallied a career-high five shots in the VMI game. Last week against Asheville, Schroeder scored the first goal in the game and assisted Ross Kelly on his game-winning goal. He now has surpassed his career-high in goals on a season with three. Schroeder’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as he he garnered Big South Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 25.
SCORING SPREAD: In the first five games of the season, only two Chanticleers scored goals; Riley Phelps and James Stapleton. In the past nine 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. Matt Schroeder joined the action by scoring three goals in the three games against Presbyterian, VMI and Asheville.
THREE CHANTS 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. Matt Schroeder most recently won the weekly honor after scoring both goals in the Presbyterian tie, and the game-winning overtime goal against VMI and tallying a career-high five shots.
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 141-76-21 overall record, and a 57-19-6 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 end their regular season play against Radford and will compete in the Big South Tournament 12-16 at High Point, N.C.