The match began slowly as both teams felt each other out in the opening 10 minutes. Coastal
The Chanticleer offensive attack was relentless throughout much of the opening frame. Another quality chance came with remaining in the first half, as a Hunter corner kick found the head of teammate Thuba Nkomazana. He headed the ball cleanly, but sent an attempt that flew narrowly over the crossbar.
The Bulldogs had their first serious threat on goal with in the 41st minute off a throw-in from
The Chanticleers offensive persistence resulted in out-shooting
The Bulldogs stepped up their offensive intensity early in the second half, using Coastal Carolina’s offensive pressure to their advantage and adapted a counter-attack style of offense. This was never more evident than in the 54th minute, as pair of Bulldog shots in Chanticleer territory was blocked, before a J.W. Gallagher attempt missed wide left. On the ensuing goal-kick, Colton Paschall managed to rip a shot from 15 yards out, but Latham was up to the task for the save.
Quality offensive chances were few and far between for both sides, as both defenses were on point for the majority of the second frame, until Coastal Carolina found the opportunity they were looking for with remaining in the match. Chanticleer midfielder Tim Pittman corralled a ball near the mid-line, and sent a pass to Hunter, who sent a shot from 35 yards out to beat Hurskainen to his left to give Coastal Carolina the 1-0 lead.
The Chanticleers, clinging to the 1-0 lead, were successful in protecting the lead, and appeared to have the game won, until Bryan Bartels managed to squeak through a packed in Chanticleer defense and took a shot inside the 18 that was turned away by Latham in the final scoring chance of the match for either side.
Much like the first half, the Chanticleers out-shot the Bulldogs by a 8-2 margin in the second frame, and 17-3 on the match.
Latham made three saves to improve to
The Chanticleers and the Eagles will meet in the Championship game for the third time in Big South history, with the Chants holding a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. First kick Sunday is scheduled for .
UNC Asheville Head Coach Steve Cornish
“First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Coastal Carolina. They were deserving winners. We were fortunate to go in 0-0. We gave it a go in the second half. The game was very different in the second half. It came down to who was going to score the first goal. As an impartial observer, they would say over the course of 90 minutes, Coastal Carolina deserved to win. No complaints there. I think they will be worthy representatives of any final. We did what we could do. Today wasn’t good enough.”
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Shaun Docking
“Again, I was very proud of our guys tonight against a very good