Chants Take On North Carolina in NCAA Second Round Action on Sunday
Nov. 19, 2011
CONWAY - The No. 11 Coastal Carolina men's soccer team will take on top-seeded North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Men's Championship on Sunday, Nov. 20. Kick off is slated for 5 p.m. at the Tar Heels Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (18-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (17-2-2)
Match 22 | NCAA Tournament Second Round
Date/Time: Nov. 20, 2011 | 5 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Fetzer Field | Chapel Hill, N. C.
Radio: None | Television: None
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Carolina defeated Elon, 4-3, in a wild match to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
Coastal is 6-6-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, advancing as far as the Sweet 16 in 2003.
The Tar Heels will be in search of a fourth straight trip to the NCAA College Cup after finishing the last three seasons among the final four schools in the country.
North Carolina compiled a 17-2-2 mark this season. The Tar Heels have won six straight matches and are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 appearances.
The winner of the match will advance to take on the winner of Old Dominion v. Indiana on Sunday, Nov. 27.
So... We Meet Again
There have been three meetings in the series history between UNC and Coastal Carolina with the Tar Heels posting a 2-1-0 record in those contests. The last official meeting between the two schools came in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 when the Chanticleers went to Chapel Hill and upset the Tar Heels, 3-0.
Additionally, the two sides met during the exhibition season this year and North Carolina claimed a 2-0 road victory in Conway as Carlos McCrary and Billy Schuler found the back of the net. However, the Chanticleers were without leading scorer Ashton Bennett, who had yet to join the team due to visa issues.
The Big South's Finest
Not only has Coastal Carolina been the Big South's most successful program (10 regular season titles/10 Tournament titles), but the Chants 4-3 victory over Elon in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship was the first win for a Big South member institution since the 2003 squad defeated North Carolina (3-0) before ultimately falling to Santa Clara 2-3 in the third round of the tournament.
Last Time Out - First Round vs. Elon
Striker Ashton Bennett, the NCAA's leading goal scorer, scored his 22nd and most important goal to date as he netted Coastal Carolina's eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute to lift the Chanticleers over Elon, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship at the CCU Soccer Field.
The game - which the Chants never trailed - featured seven total goals, the highest of any first round contest, including three in the second half. In addition to Bennett's game-winner, Coastal also received goals from Ricky Garbanzo (6th of the season), TeeJay East (9th of the season) and Cyprian Hedrick (5th of the season).