Coastal Carolinas (8-8-1, 5-2 Big South) mens soccer team heads to the Big South Conference Tournament as the third seed and will match up against sixth seeded High Point at 7:30 p.m., in the first round of the tournament at Albion Millis Stadium in High Point, N.C.
Scouting High Point
High Point (1-13-3, 1-5-1 Big South) was defeated over the weekend by Longwood 3-2. But previous to the defeat, High Point defeated conference rival VMI 2-0 to capture the sixth seed in the Big South Tournament. High Point is led by freshman Dan Haywood, who has a team-best six goals and 13 points on the year. Junior Chris Archer has four assists. Freshman goalkeeper Adam Ross has 63 saves and a shutout for the Panthers.
Series Against High Point
Coastal has a 8-2-1 career record against HPU. CCU has defeat the Panthers in each of its last four meetings, including in the 2002 Big South Tournament. This season, CCU beat High Point 2-0 on Oct. 12 as sophomore Daniel OBrien had a goal and an assist.
The Slide is Stopped
Coastal Carolina soccer team snapped its two-game conference losing streak and three game overall slide with a 2-0 victory over High Point on Oct. 12. Sophomore Daniel OBrien and freshman Kyle Russell picked up assists on the Lachlan Cahill game-winning goal. OBrien tallied the insurance goal, his first of the season, for Coastal two minutes later on the feed from senior China Maja. Sophomore Aaron Weant picked up his first win of the season in the game
Coastal is 6-0-1 when it scores first this season. This is not a new trend, as last season the Chants were 9-1-1 in games in which they scored first. In 2002 and 2003, CCU went a combined 37-4-1 in games in which they scored first.
Dockings Teams Turn it up in the Tournament
Coastal Carolina head coach Shaun Docking has amassed a record of 11-2-3 with a winning percentage of .781 in the Big South Tournament in his career as CCUs head man. Overall, Docking is 13-2-3 and has won four Big South Tournament titles between his time at Coastal and Charleston Southern. His teams have outscored the opponents a combined 40-13 in the BSC Tournament, including 34-11 at CCU.
CCU Excels at the Big South Tournament
Coastal has had outstanding success in the Big South Tournament with a record 26-7-3 and a winning percentage of .764. The Chants have appeared in the championship game nine times and have won the championship eight of those times. Seven times a Chanticleer has been named the tournament MVP. Last season was the last time for Coastal as Boyzzz Khumalo took home the honors. CCU has had 55 All-Tournament Selections in Big South Tournament play over the years.
Score Late, Score Often
Coastal has scored 34 goals as a team this season. But out of those 34 goals, 26 of them have come in the second half and overtime. That means Coastal has scored 76% of its goals, as a team, after the first half has ended. In comparison, last season CCU scored 48% of its goals in the second half and later (25 out of 52). In 2003, the Chanticleers scored nearly 55% of its goals after halftime (40 out of 72).
Right at Home
Coastal doesnt mind playing games where no one is
designated as the home team. CCUs mens soccer program is 18-4-2 in neutral site games over the past four years.
It Has Got to Be the Grass
Senior Joseph Kabwe must like the grass of CCU Soccer Field; because out of his 15 points on the season 13 or 86% have come on the home turf.
Weant Takes Control
Sophomore goalkeeper Aaron Weant is at the heart of Coastals recent good fortune. Over his last six games, Weant has a 5-1 record with a goals-against-average of 0.68 while recording 22 saves, two shutouts and a save percentage of .846. Weant has now registered seven career shutouts, good for seventh all-time on Coastal career goal keeping list. Weant also currently leads the Big South in conference play with a goals-against average of 0.80 and two shutouts.
Balance is the Key
This season, CCUs soccer team has had 15 different players tally points. This is not a new idea for the Chants as last season Coastal had 16 different players get in the scoring column. The 2003 season also saw 15 different CCU soccer players score.
Thinking of the Number 12
When Coastal gets 12 or more shots in any single game this season it is 7-2-1. In comparison, when the Chants registered less than 12 shots in a game they are 1-6.
The Robertson Factor
In games in which sophomore Patrick Robertson scores points this season, Coastal is 4-1. Further, CCU is 5-1-1 over the last two years in point scoring games for Robertson.
Hes Like Money in the Bank
Over his four years at Coastal, when senior Jordie Hughes scores points, the Chants simply wins games. CCU is a staggering 30-6-1 in his career, including a 5-2-1 record this season, when Hughes puts points on the scoreboard.
Beat Them in All Phases of the Game
During Coastal four-game winning streak the Chants have beaten their opponents in all phases of the game. They have outscored them 11-4, out shot them 69-39 and hold a corner kick advantage of 26-12. This has been a recurring theme for CCU. In its eight wins, Coastal has held a 28-10 advantage in goals, 127-76 advantage in shots and a 49-23 advantage in corner kicks.
We Like Midweek Games
CCU excels playing the midweek game. On Wednesdays and Thursdays CCU is a perfect 3-0, having outscored its opponents 9-1.
Its a good thing CCU is playing the late game at the Big South Tournament against High Point because the Chants are 4-2-1 in games that start after 5 p.m. this season.
Moving on Up
Jordie Hughes continues to rise on Coastals all-time lists. With 22 points this season, Hughes has now totaled 113 points in his distinguished career, good for fourth place. Hughes six assists this season moves him into seventh place all-time in assists with 25. Hughes has eight goals this season, upping his career total to 44, which is fourth on CCUs career goals list and only two behind Neil Payne for third place.
Weant Takes Home Some Hardware
Coastal Carolinas goalkeeper Aaron Weant was named the Big Souths Mens Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23. Weant recorded two conference road wins on the week with seven saves and a goals-against average of 0.49. He became the first goalkeeper and the first Chanticleer to capture the award this season.
Coastal Seniors Rise to the Occasion
Coastal Carolinas soccer team celebrated senior day and its last regular season game at CCU Soccer Field in style as seniors Jordie Hughes and Joseph Kabwe each had big days. Hughes scored each of CCUs two first half goals and assist on the third while Kabwe had assists on all the Chanticleer goals. The Chants goalkeeper Aaron Weant had two saves in picking up his fifth conference win of the season. Before the game, the four Coastal seniors; Hughes, Kabwe, China Maja and Peter Louis, were honored in a presentation with plaques.
Pop the Cork
Coastal Carolina mens soccer coach Shaun Docking, with his victory over VMI, won his 100th game at Coastal and his 120th game overall.
Streak Reaches Four Games
A header by sophomore Patrick Robertson got the Chanticleers on the scoreboard in the first half as Coastal held on for a 4-2 win over conference rival Virginia Military Institute on Oct. 29. The win ran Coastals conference winning streak to four games. Others to tally goals for the Chants include seniors Jordie Hughes and Joseph Kabwe and sophomore Dominic Rossi.
Coastal Carolina ran its conference winning streak to three games as late game heroics on a header by sophomore Robert Holstein off the feed from senior China Maja gave CCU a 1-0 overtime victory over host UNC Asheville on Oct. 22. For the game, the Chants out shot the Bulldogs 17-7 with a corner kick advantage of 11-2 as well.
Coming From Behind
After trailing by a goal going into the break against Winthrop on Oct. 19, CCUs offense rallied and scored three goals in a fifteen minute period of time in the second half. Sophomore Lachlan Cahill tied the game up at one off the dish from senior Jordie Hughes. Cahill had the assist on the game-winning goal by sophomore Patrick Robertson just over three minutes later. And Hughes capped off the scoring off the misfired shot attempt from sophomore Robert Holstein as Coastal went on to win 3-1 over the Eagles. It was only the second time CCU had trailed at the break and came back to win a game this season.
When Coastal Carolina squared off against #17 UNC-Greensboro on Oct. 15, nobody expected much but the Chants themselves. But that faith in themselves almost proved to be enough as CCU lost 1-0 to the Spartans. The only tally of the game was an own goal that Coastal inadvertently knocked in its own net in the first five minutes of action. Senior Jordie Hughes had several good looks at tying the game in the last eight minutes but Greensboro held on for a 1-0 victory.
A Tough One
Coastal lost its third game in a row this time falling to Davidson 3-1. CCU tied the game on a goal from sophomore Patrick Robertson off the feed from Lachlan Cahill. The tie did not last as Coastal soon was playing a man down as Robertson was given a red card for running into the Davidson goalie and thrown out of the game. From that point on Davidson took advantage, scoring two late goals make the final score 3-1.
Coastal lost a heartbreaker to Radford 2-1 despite out shooting the Highlanders 24-6 including 8-3 shots on goals. Senior Jordie Hughes led both teams with eight shots and scored the Chants goal. CCU had several near misses including a shot by Hughes on a break away that hit off the crossbar and two shots on consecutive possessions by freshman Brad Stisser that went just wide. The loss fell to Nowak who saw his record even at 3-3. Hughes moved into a fourth place tie with former Chant Hilmar Arnason for career goals (40) with his tally in the game.
Birmingham-Southern got off to an early 2-0 lead on Coastal only to see the Chanticleers cut the deficit to a goal on a Dominic Rossi tally. After another BSC goal gave the Panthers another back their two goal lead, Coastal again fought back to cut the lead in half late on the Jordie Hughes goal off a penalty kick. But that was as close as the Chants would get as Birmingham-Southern won the Big South Conference match up 3-2. For the game Hughes had a goal and an assist.
Who Loves Tournaments?
Before the start of conference season, Coastal Carolina senior midfielder Joseph Kabwe had an unreal streak of making three of the four All-Tournaments teams for CCU. Kabwe finished his strong non-conference play by being named co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic.
Kabwes MVP Performance
Coastal senior Joseph Kabwe was a named the co-MVP of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic as he registered two goals and four points in the tournament. Other Chants named to the All-Tournament squad include sophomores Lachlan Cahill, Dominic Rossi and freshman Kyle Russell.
We are the Champions...Partially
Coastal Carolina had an early goal (8:46) by sophomore Kevin Van Berg off the feed from sophomore Robert Holstein and senior Jordie Hughes and ended up in tie with College of Charleston 1-1. Coastal out shot the Cougars 18-8 including a 13-2 advantage in the second period and both overtimes. Freshman Djamel Bekka and sophomore Lachlan Cahill each had three shots in the game including two shots on goal each to lead CCU. Coastal was named the Co-Champions of the Tournament along with CofC.
Kabwe Steps it Up
Senior Joseph Kabwe scored the game tying with just over three minutes remaining in regulation (86:59) and then tallied the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime (98:29) to propel Coastal Carolina men's soccer team to a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Virginia Commonwealth on the first night of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. Other Chants to score in the game include the Australian duo of Lachlan Cahill and Dominic Rossi. Rossi had a goal and Cahill totaled a goal and an assist. Sophomore Patrick Robertson and senior Jordie Hughes both tallied
assists for Coastal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak took home the win for Coastal. It was his third win of the season and the first ever win for Coastal over VCU in three tries.
Nike Harvard All-Tournament Team
Coastal Carolina senior Jordie Hughes and sophomore Lachlan Cahill both were named to the Nike/Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament.
Another Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team dropped a close 1-0 game to New Hampshire despite out shooting the Wildcats 12-7 including a 4-2 advantage on shots on goal. Senior Jordie Hughes led both teams with three shots including two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Nowak took the loss for Coastal.
Coastal took a tough defeat against the Crimson of Harvard 3-0. Coastal was out shot by Harvard 17-6. CCU goalkeeper Aaron Weant only allowed a goal in 45 minutes of action but still took the loss for Coastal.
The Honorees Are...
Following the action at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament squad. Seniors Jordie Hughes and Joseph Kabwe and sophomore Kevin Van Den Berg were Coastals three honorees.
Senior Jordie Hughes had the game-tying and game-winning goals as Coastal won a wild one over Mercer 5-3 on the final day of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational. Sophomore Dominic Rossi took the feed from freshman Djamel Bekka for the first tally of the game. Senior Joseph Kabwe scored an unassisted goal. An own goal by Mercer was scored for the fifth and final tally of the game for Coastal. Sophomore Ryan Nowak picked up his second win of the season in the victory. Coastal improved its all-time record against Mercer to an impressive 7-0.
The Australian Connection
Coastal Carolina mens soccer team took the tough loss against #24 Ohio State. CCU out shot the Buckeyes 9-7, including an advantage of 7-6 on shots on goal in the contest. Sophomore Lachlan Cahill took the feed from fellow Australian sophomore Dominic Rossi for the only Coastal goal of the afternoon. It was also the first time the two of them have been involved in a scoring play together.
Three All-Tournament Selections at adidas Invitational
Following the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational three Chants were named to the All-Tournament team. The list in order is senior Joseph Kabwe, junior Bobby Zimmer and freshman Brad Stisser.
A Close Defeat
Coastal Carolina lost a tough 1-0 game to Binghamton in the championship game of the Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. The game was scoreless in the first half and it wasnt until nearly 25 minutes into the second half that the Bearcats broke through. CCU would have three great opportunities in the second half include several good shots by sophomore Dominic Rossi and senior Peter Louis, but BU held on for the victory.
A Team Effort
CCU opened the 2005 season with a team effort victory, 6-0, over Northeastern. Six different Chants tallied goals. Senior Craig Reed tallied the first goal of the season for Coastal with sophomore Patrick Robertson, senior Peter Louis, senior Joseph Kabwe, freshman Brad Stisser and sophomore Dominic Rossi scoring the next five goals in that order. For the game, Kabwe had a goal and an assist.
Chanticleers in Season Openers
With a win against Northeastern to start the season, Coastal Carolina now has a career mark of 19-6-1 in season openers dating back to 1978. The Chanticleers have outscored their opponents a combined 70-30 during the first day of the season. The last time Coastal lost a game on opening day was against Wake Forest in 1999 by a score of 6-1. Last season, Coastal defeated Anderson by a score of 8-0 in its first game.
Head coach Shaun Docking won the 115th of his career and his 95th since his arrival at Coastal with his win on Sunday, September 11. He only trails former Coastal coach Paul Banta, who had a record of 166-94-17 in his 14 year career, for victories at Coastal.
Coastal Carolina was picked to capture its fifth consecutive Big South Conference title by the conference and its sports information directors. CCU captured nine first place votes and 114 of the 128 points to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southern.
Hughes Picked as Pre-Season Player of the Year
Senior Jordie Hughes was selected as the Big South Conferences Preseason Player of the Year. Hughes was the Big Souths scoring leader last season with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists. The 2004 All-Big South First Team Member captured four first-place votes and 13 points overall to finish ahead of Birmingham-Southerns Karim Dietz.
Coastal Carolina brings back 14 letter winners and six starters from last years team. Besides Jordie Hughes, other starters of note back include senior forward Peter Louis, sophomore midfielder Lachlan Cahill, sophomore defenseman Patrick Robertson and junior defenseman Bobby Zimmer. CCU will also bring back both its goalkeepers Aaron Weant and Jeremy Wolfgang. The two combined to post the lowest goals-against average in the conference a season ago.
Two Chants Drafted
This past spring CCU had two more players drafted into the Major League Soccer (MLS). Boyzzz Khumalo and Mubarike Chisoni were drafted with the 36th pick and 46th pick, respectively, by the Chicago Fire and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Chisoni joins former Chant Joseph Ngwenya who was drafted by the Galaxy in 2004.
Momeni Among the Best
Coastal Carolina assistant coach Kom Momeni was named by College Soccer News as one of the top twenty-five assistant coaches in the country in the off-season. Momeni is in his fourth year as an assistant under head coach Shaun Docking.