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#4 Men's Soccer Advances to BSC Championship Game with PK Victory Over High Point

       

#4 Men's Soccer Advances to BSC Championship Game with PK Victory Over High Point

ROCK HILL, SC — After three hours and forty minutes of soccer, the No. 4 seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated No. 8 High Point in a shootout 5-4 Friday evening to advance to Sunday’s Big South Conference men’s soccer championship.

With the match knotted at 1-1 after regulation and four 15 minute sudden-death overtimes, the team to advance to the championship round was to be decided in a penalty kick shootout. In the first round of the shootout, which consists of five alternating penalty kicks, each team posted four goals. The match then moved into a sudden death PK situation.

The first shot of the sudden-death shootout was taken by High Point goalkeeper Eric Lona. His blast toward Coastal keeper Andrew Paxton went to the right and hit the post and bounced out. This set the stage for Chanticleer freshman Baldur Knutson.

Knutson rifled his shot into the lower left corner to send the Chants into the title match for the first time since 1995.

In regulation, the two teams battled scoreless for 80 minutes. Coastal Carolina was clearly the aggressor in the match, outshooting High Point 29-8. But, it was the Panthers (7-10-3) who would strike first as Luke Knor scored off a deflection on a corner kick in the 80th minute.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Coastal Carolina (9-7-3) bounced back with a goal just 1:33 later. Joseph Ngwenya’s pass set Bobby Crovo all alone in front of the net with just Lona in his way. Crovo took a touch before ripping the ball past Lona to tie the match.

Coastal Carolina will take Saturday off and then play Liberty Univesity in the championship match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The second-seeded Liberty Flames advanced to the title match with a 4-1 victory over Winthrop. Sunday's match will be StatCast on the Big South's web site at www.BigSouthSports.com.