No. 12 Chanticleers Face Radford in Big South Semifinal on Friday
Nov. 14, 2013
CONWAY - The top-seeded and 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers take on fifth-seeded Radford in the semifinal round of the Big South Men's Soccer Championship Tournament on Friday. The match, which is scheduled for a 4 p.m. first kick, will be played at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.
No. 3 seed Longwood plays No. 7 seed Liberty at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal match. The winners advance to Sunday's championship match that will be televised on ESPN3 at 2:00pm.
Friday's semifinal games will air live on the Big South Network with Mark Bryant on the call. Sunday's championship will air on ESPN3 as Matt Hogue and Evan Lepler will call the action from Greensboro. Tickets are available for $10 both days.
No. 12 Coastal Carolina (15-4-0, 9-1-0 BSC) vs. Radford (9-6-4, 5-3-2 BSC)
Match 20 | Big South Tournament Semifinal Round (No. 1 seed vs. No. 5 seed)
Date/Time: Nov. 15, 2013 | 4 p.m. ET
Venue: Bryan Park | Greensboro, N.C.
Video Stream: Big South Network
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Carolina won its third straight and 12th overall Big South regular season championship with a 9-1-0 record in league play.
Coastal is the No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament for the third straight season and ninth time overall.
The Chants have a 13-4-1 record as the No. 1 seed.
The Chanticleers are 5-0-1 against the No. 5 seed in the Big South Tournament. (Tied No. 5-seed South Alabama in 1998 -- South Alabama advanced 5-4 in shootout)
Coastal has scored 11 goals in its last three games.
Ricky Garbanzo leads the Chants with 11 goals this season and has three multi-goal games.
Justin Portillo is Coastal's leading assist man with nine.
Pedro Ribeiro has 10 goals and three assists for a team-high 26 points.
Devin Cook set the CCU single-season shutout record with nine.
Coastal has met Radford four previous times in the Big South Tournament with Coastal holding a 3-1-0 record.
Coastal outscored its opponents 39-17 this season, including 23-5 in Big South play.
HOW THE CHANTS GOT HERE ...
Coastal won the Big South regular season with a 9-1-0 record to total 27 points.
As the top seed, the Chants downed eighth-seeded Winthrop 2-1 on Tuesday.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 24', but Coastal countered in the 26' with a Sergio Camargo goal.
Camargo scored the eventual game-winner in the 61'.
It was Camargo's second multi-goal game of the season.
LAST TIME VS. RADFORD
Coastal took a1-0 decision at home against Radford during regular season play on Oct. 20.
Ricky Garbanzo netted the game-winning goal in the 31' off an assist from Pedro Ribeiro.
The win was Coastal's 10th straight during its mid-season 11-game win streak.
CHANTICLEERS VS. HIGHLANDERS IN THE BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT
Coastal has met Radford four previous times in the Big South Tournament with Coastal holding a
The sides last met in the 2008 tournament with Coastal taking a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinal round.
Radford's lone postseason win over Coastal was by a 3-1 score in 2007. Coastal was the No. 1 seed and Radford was the No. 4 seed.
EIGHT CHANTS EARN 11 BIG SOUTH SEASON AWARDS
Pedro Ribeiro was named the Attacking Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year went to Shawn McLaws. Joining Ribeiro and McLaws on the all-conference first team were Justin Portillo, Devin Cook and Ricky Garbanzo. Defender Uchenna Uzo was named to the second team, while Sergio Camargo and Kai Morton earned all-freshman plaudits. Portillo was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
It marked the third consecutive year that Chanticleers have swept the conference's attacking and defensive player of the year awards. Ashton Bennett was named the Attacking Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, while Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Cyprian Hedrick in 2011 and Kjartan Sigurdsson in 2012.
BIG SOUTH REGULAR SEASON TITLE NO. 12
Coastal Carolina claimed the programs 12th overall and third straight Big South regular season title this season. The Chanticleers finished their Big South slate of matches with a 9-1-0 record for a 27 point total. Coastal has won 28 of its 29 conference matches since the start of the 2011 season.