Men's Soccer Wraps Up Regular Season With 3-0 Loss to North Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team was defeated by the North Florida Ospreys 2-0this afternoon, Sat., Nov. 8 at Hodges Field.
The Chants had a flurry of opportunities in the final three minutes of the half, but were unable to capitalize on a pair of corner kicks. In the waning minutes, a Kyle Russell (S. Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) shot sailed high, marking the final opportunity for either side before the half.
Coastal Carolina would control the offensive chances in the first half, totaling nine shots, four of which were on frame. Conversely, the Ospreys had five shots, with three on net in the opening half.
The Chants opened up the second half the same way they played in the first, with several opportunities early on. However, the Coastal Carolina defense committed a foul just outside the top of the 18 in the 67th minute. On the ensuing free-kick, North Florida's Mikhail Awai took a shot and sent the try past a diving Phillip Latham (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) to give the Ospreys the 1-0 lead with 23 minutes to play.
North Florida would add another goal 10 minutes later in the 77th minute, as Adam O'Neil took a pass from Akil DeFreitas right at the mouth of the goal to find the back of the net to extend the Osprey lead to 2-0.
UNF would add a late insurance goal in the 85th minute coming off the foot of O'Neil for his second goal of the day, this time beating backup goalkeeper Matt Smith (Cape Canaveral, Fla./Merritt Island), who relieved Latham in the 80th minute.
The loss marks the first time since Sept. 14-21 that the Chants have gone through a multiple-game losing streak.
The outcome brings the Chanticleer regular season to an end with an overall mark of 8-9-1. Coastal Carolina will play host to the 2008 Big South Men's Soccer Tournament, beginning on Thurs., Nov. 8. Coastal Carolina has secured the No. 2 seed in the tourney and will take on Radford Thursday night at from Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field. For further Big South Tournament information, click on the link below.