CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team saw an opportunity to claim their ninth Big South Regular Season Championship in program history slip away tonight, Nov. 5 at Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field as the Chanticleers dropped a heartbreaker to the Winthrop Eagles 3-2.
Things started off on a high note for the Chanticleers (
After surrendering the early goal,
Under duress most of the first half, the Chants resorted to a counter-attack style of offense that was contained by
The Chants would enter the second half holding tightly onto a 1-0 lead despite being out shot by the Eagles by a 4-2 margin.
Less than two minutes later,
The Chants would quickly answer back in the 52nd minute, as Stapleton again worked his magic, taking a shot from 20 yards out that was deflected out of bounds by Eagle goalkeeper Patrick Mitrovitch, resulting in a corner kick. Hunter sent a cross in that found the head of Chanticleer forward Ross Kelly (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements), and Kelly buried the attempt past a diving Mitrovitch to once again give Coastal Carolina the lead at 2-1 with 38 minutes remaining.
After being tightly marked the entire contest, Revivo showed why he is the leading scorer in the Big South Conference. With his back turned to the net at the top of the 18, he one touched a pass to Miquel Casajuana, who buried the ensuing shot in the lower left corner of the net to run the tally to 2-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the match.
After the game-tying goal, the intensity from both teams reached a new level. Stapleton had a chance to gave the Chants the lead again with six minutes remaining, but fired wide of the net in what would turn about to be the final goal-scoring opportunity for Coastal Carolina.
The tie was broken in the 86th minute, as Eagle midfielder Rafael Araujo found teammate Matt Lacey just past the midfield line. Lacey took a touch, and ripped a brilliant shot from 35 yards out that found the top left corner of the net to give
Mitrovitch stopped a trio of Coastal Carolina attempts for the win, while Latham turned away a shot in the losing effort.
With the win, the Eagles clinch the Big South Regular season title, and the No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament that begins Thursday, Nov. 13 at Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field. The loss wraps up Coastal Carolina’s Big South slate with a
The Chants will play their final regular season contest of the season Sat., Nov. 8 as they travel to