Soccer Season Review
Conway - The Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team once again proved to be one of the top teams in the nation with their 2017 season success.
The Chanticleers finished the season among the final 16 teams left playing, as they faced eventual National Champion Stanford in the Third Round of the NCAA National Championship.
CCU finished the season 14-7-1, including a 10-match streak which saw them go 9-0-1 leading into the Third Round of the NCAA Championship.
Included among those 14 wins, were four Sun Belt Conference wins, giving them a 4-1 conference record, the Regular Season Sun Belt title, and the top seed in the Sun Belt Championship.
Riding the end-of-the-year run, the Chanticleers carried that momentum into the conference tournament and won their second consecutive Sun Belt Tournament, handing them the automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The title meant the Chants have won the Sun Belt both seasons they have been members in the conference.
Several weekly and post season honors came for the Chants following the regular season and conference tournament. Seven times CCU players received defensive player-of-the-week honors and four times players received offensive player-of-the-week honors. Towards the end of the season, CCU players swept both the defensive and offensive honors for three weeks.
CCU also had players named to the National Team of the Week three times.
Following the season Frantzdy Pierrot lead a group of CCU players on the All Sun Belt Team. The senior was named the SBC Player of the Year. He was joined on the first team by teammates Braulio Linares-Ortiz, Kervin Kenton Fadel, Louis Dargent and Miguel Gutierrez.
For the eighth time in his career, and seventh as head coach at Coastal, Shaun Docking was named the Coach of the Year.
As the Chanticleers moved into post season action at the NCAA Championship, things got off to a rousing start with a 1-0 win home win over Mercer in the first round.
Following that victory the Chants would hit the road for the second round, this time at eighth-ranked Clemson, a team the Chants had lost an exhibition match to 3-1 at the start of the season.
This time it would be CCU's time for the victory, defeating the nationally-ranked Tigers on their home field 3-1. It was a win that catapulted the Chanticleers into the national rankings where they picked up a seventh place ranking in one of the national polls. It was the highest ranking for Coastal since 2003 when they were ranked 10th in the old NSCAA poll and 12th in the Soccer America ranking.
Coastal took its national ranking cross-country to face Stanford, the two-time defending champion, and the second ranked team in the nation.
CCU more than held its own in the contest, but could not find the back of the net as the teams entered halftime even at zero. The second half saw the Cardinal score in the 50th minute on a penalty kick for the lead. The score stood 1-0 over the next 39 minutes as neither team could score. Stanford was able to score a breakaway goal with 43 seconds left in the match for the final 2-0 tally.
The third round action was the first time CCU had made it into the round of 16 since the 2013 season. It was only the fourth time in program history the Chants played into the third round.
Following the season, there were several more honors coming CCU's way. Pierrot was named First Team United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Team and Louis Dargent was named to the Second Team.
CCU also had some honors come its way for classroom performance. Henrik Mueller was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. From there Mueller moved on to All-America honors where he was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.
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