Senior Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa/Bethlehem (Lindsey Wilson) came up with a timely game-winning goal with less than a minute remaining in the game (89:11) to propel Coastal (11-6-1, 4-3 Big South) to 3-2 victory over the stunned #25 South Carolina (10-6-1), in the first game of the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Soccer Classic in Charleston, S.C.
Coastal got on the board first as freshman Patrick Robertson (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands), headed in the feed from Khumalo within the games first 11 minutes (10:56) to give CCU the early 1-0 lead.
Junior Jordie Hughes (Victoria British Columbia/Spectrum) would give Coastal a 2-0 lead just before the half (38:36), off the pass again from Khumalo. For Hughes it was his eighth goal in the last four games the Chanticleers have played.
South Carolina would fight to cut the deficit in half shortly before the break (41:47), when junior Greg Reese took the feed from sophomore Mike Sambursky to make the game 2-1.
The game would remain 2-1 into the second half when USC freshman Sebastian Lindholm scored off a free kick from just outside the goalie box to tie the game up at 2 all at 71:51.
The game remained knotted up at 2-2, and looked to be headed to overtime until Khumalo took things into his own hands in the games last minute with some late game heroics. Khumalo noticed the USC goalie, Brad Guzan, had venture too far from the net as he took the feed from senior Itayi Pondwa (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-Mpopma (Charleston Southern) from 20 yards out and deposited the ball into the back corner for the game winner at 89:11.
Khumalo had a hand in all three Chanticleer goals and upped his season total to seven goals including three game winners, and added two more assists to give him 15 assists on the season.
Coastal sophomore goalkeeper Jeremy Wolfgang (Reading, Pa/Wilson) was outstanding again, registering six saves in recording his fifth win of the season.
CCU were outshot 11-9 including nine shots on goal to five, but held the advantage in the only column that would matter by picking up the win. It was the Chanticleers fourth consecutive win and its first win over a ranked opponent this season.
The Chants will next take the pitch on Sunday, Nov. 7, as they continue their play in the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Soccer Classic, in the last regular season game of the season against #22 College of Charleston at 12 p.m. Any fans wishing to follow the action live can do so on College of Charleston website at www.cofcsports.com