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NCAA Tournament Time: #11 Coastal vs. ETSU on Thursday

Coastal is hosting its third consecutive NCAA Tournament First Round match

       

Ricky Garbanzo scored the game-winner against Liberty in the Big South championship match.

Ricky Garbanzo scored the game-winner against Liberty in the Big South championship match.

Nov. 20, 2013

CONWAY - The 11th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers start their march toward the College Cup on Thursday hosting East Tennessee State. The Chants and Buccaneers are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at the CCU Soccer Field.

TICKET INFORMATION
As an official NCAA postseason event, there will be an admission charged to all spectators. Ticket prices for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under). Fans may purchase tickets at the South ticket booth of Brooks Stadium starting at 6 p.m.

All Coastal Carolina students with a valid CCU ID will be admitted FREE, courtesy of Coastal Carolina University. In addition, the first 50 students through the gate will receive a voucher for a small order of boneless wings at Cleat Chasers. Student tickets will not be distributed in advance.

East Tennessee State student tickets are available for $5 with a valid ETSU student ID.

Parking for the match is available at Brooks Stadium or adjacent to The Boni Belle Practice and Hitting Facility.

No. 11 Coastal Carolina (17-4-0, 9-1-0 BSC) vs. East Tennessee State (10-5-4, 5-2-1 A-Sun)
Match 22 | NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship – First Round
Date/Time: Nov. 21, 2013 | 7 p.m. ET
Venue: CCU Soccer Field | Conway, S.C.
Video Stream: Big South Network
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com

Coastal Carolina Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

STARTING XI
• Coastal Carolina won its third straight and 12th overall Big South regular season championship with a 9-1-0 record in league play.
• Coastal then won its 11th overall Big South tournament championship with a 2-0 victory over rival Liberty in the final.
• Coastal is making its fourth straight and 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance.
• The Chanticleers are 7-8-2 all-time in NCAA postseason play.
• Coastal is 5-5-0 all-time in NCAA First Round matches.
• Coastal has scored 16 goals during its current five game win streak.
Ricky Garbanzo leads the Chants with 12 goals this season.
Justin Portillo is Coastal’s leading assist man with nine.
Pedro Ribeiro has 11 goals and three assists for a team-high 28 points, ranking 14th in the NCAA.
Devin Cook set the CCU and tied the Big South single-season shutout record with 10.
• Coastal outscored its opponents 44-19 this season, including 23-5 in Big South play. Coastal’s 44 total goals co-leads the NCAA.

HOW THE CHANTS GOT HERE ...
• Coastal won its 11th overall Big South Conference tournament championship to claim the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
• The Chanticleers defeated Winthrop 2-1 in the first round of the Big South tournament before rallying from a two-goal second half deficit to down Radford 3-2 in the semifinal. Coastal then dispatched Liberty 2-0 in the championship match on Sunday.
• Coastal started the season 1-2 (with all three matches against top-20 ranked opponents) before reeling off an 11-match win streak. The Chants suffered back-to-back losses in late Oct./early Nov., but have rebounded to win each of their last five outings.

LAST TIME VS. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
• There is no ‘last time vs. East Tennessee State’ as the Chanticleers and Buccaneers are meeting on the pitch for the first time.
• Coastal is 15-8-2 all-time against ETSU’s current Atlantic Sun brethren. Coastal last played an A-Sun opponent on Nov. 8, 2008, falling 0-3 at North Florida.

CHANTICLEERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Thursday marks the fourth consecutive and 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance for the Chanticleers. (see page six for complete NCAA Tournament ledger)
• The Chants are hosting their third straight First Round match and fourth overall. Coastal is 3-0-0 in their previous three First Round home matches.
• Coastal has an 7-8-2 overall record in NCAA Tournament play.
• The Chants have advanced to the Second Round five times and to the Round of 16 twice.
• CCU reached the Round of 16 last season. The Chants defeated Elon (3-0) at home in the First Round then upset 15th-seeded Wake Forest (2-1 OT) in the Second Round before falling to second-seeded Maryland in the Round of 16.

BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT TITLE NO. 11
• The Chanticleers claimed the programs first Big South tournament championship since 2010 on Sunday. The title is the program’s 11th since the 1986 season.
• Top-seeded Coastal defeated seventh-seeded Liberty 2-0 in the Championship match.
• The Chanticleers’ 11 tournament championships are the most in Big South history. Winthrop is second in league history with four tournament titles.

LEADING THE NATION
• The 2013 Chanticleers have quietly tied the NCAA lead for total goals with 44 on the season. The Chants have not scored more than five times in any one game and have won five contests by a 1-0 count.
• The Chanticleers led the NCAA in total goals in 2011 with 66 and finished second with 63 counters in 2012.
• In addition, Coastal ranks second in the country with 129 total points, fifth with 41 assists and eighth in points per game at a 6.14 clip.