Junior Jordie Hughes (Victoria British Columbia/Spectrum), continued his amazing performance by tallying three first-half goals to lead Coastal (10-6-1, 4-3 Big South) to 5-0 victory, on Senior Night, over Big South rival High Point University (7-11, 2-5 Big South) on Wednesday evening at CCU Soccer Stadium.
Hughes scored his first goal of the evening, less than five minutes into the action (4:39) off the feed from senior Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa/Bethlem (Lindsey Wilson)), as he took cross in front of the net and beat the keeper to the left corner.
Hughes would strike again (20:53), off another cross, this time from the left baseline from seniors Khumalo and Itayi Pondwa (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Mpopma (Charleston Southern)) and beat the HPU goalkeeper Chris Michener to the right corner for his second goal of the night, to give CCU a 2-0 lead.
Hughes would score again, just a little over four minutes later (25:39), as he took a beautiful full field pass from freshman defenseman Kevin Van Den Berg (Wyoming, Michigan/Grandville) and took the keeper with a blast from straight on, to give the Chanticleers a 3-0 lead, which would hold until after halftime.
After the break, senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Chegutu (Lindsey Wilson)), got into the action (55:16) and beat the HPU keeper to the right corner, off a Hughes feed.
Chisoni would add another goal eleven minutes later (66:39) as Khumalo rebounded his own shot and dished off to Chisoni, for his second assist of the evening, who had beat the keeper to the right corner for his second goal of the evening.
Freshman goalkeeper Jeremy Wolfgang (Reading, Pa./Wilson) registered his third consecutive win and his fourth win of the season. It was sixth shutout of the season recorded by the Chanticleers goalkeepers.
The Chanticleers outshot the Panthers 11-3, including seven shots on goals to two.
Hughes has now tallied an eye-popping seven goals in his last three games, all in conference play. Hughes with his three goals and an assist tonight, has now scored a conference-leading 34 points this season.The win moves CCU into a tie with Winthrop and Liberty for second place in the conference, although the Chants hold the tie-breaker in the head to head match-up.
CCU will next take the pitch on Friday, Nov. 5, as it heads to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Soccer Classic against South Carolina at 5 p.m. High Point will next be in action next week as it participates in the Big South Tournament to be held in Birmingham, Ala starting on Wednesday, Nov. 11.