Nov. 26, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team was recently recognized and ranked No. 46 by the national soccer publication TopDrawerSoccer.com
The Chanticleers turned in another outstanding season under head coach Shaun Docking and reached the NCAA College Cup for the eighth time in school history and the sixth under Docking.
Coastal Carolina (12-8-2) finished the regular season with a 5-2-1 record inside the Big South and earned the No. 2 seed in the Big South Tournament. The Chants rolled through the tournament and posted victories over No. 7 seed VMI, No. 3 seed Gardner-Webb and top-seeded High Point in the finals.
Senior defender Ross Kelly was named the tournament MVP after anchoring a Coastal defense that allowed just one goal over the course of the Big South Tournament. Senior Joe Anderson turned in a hat trick against High Point and was also selected to the Big South All-Tournament.
Defender Alex Russell and junior keeper Scott Angevine were also tabbed to the all-tournament team to give Coastal the most honorees of any team in the Big South.
The Chanticleers nearly pulled off an upset in the opening round of the NCAA College Cup against No. 21 Duke. Kelly put Coastal ahead with a header midway through the first half for his fourth goal of the season. That lead stood up until late into the second half, but Duke scored a pair of goals over a seven minute stretch to ultimately eliminate the Chants from the tournament.
“I am very thrilled and pleased for this year’s group of seniors and for everyone associated with the program,” Docking said. “It is a testament to everyone’s hard work, passion and commitment to the program and each other that we were able to win another Big South Conference Championship and gain the nation recognition that we deserve.”