CCU men, women win in thrilling overtime fashion

Romario Piggott’s goal in the 93rd minute leads Coastal Carolina to a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory over Howard in the next-to-last match of the season.

It was a match that saw the Chanticleers out shoot the Bison 16-11 and 12-6 in shots on goal, but Piggott’s goal was the only goal that was scored by the team that was supposed to score. The first two goals of the match came in own goal fashion.

The first gave the Chants a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Miguel Gutierrez took a free kick which Howard, trying to kick out from the goal, actually knocked the ball into the net to give CCU a 1-0 lead.

The Chants defense was strong the whole match, but returned the favor just seconds before the end of the match when CCU’s defense knocked the ball into the net to give Howard an own goal of its own and send the match into the extra period. The overtime period saw Yazeed Matthews get a strong assist on Piggott’s goal just a little over two minutes into the extra period.

With the win, CCU moves to 9-6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference action. The Chants will end the regular season with an opportunity to earn the outright regular season crown when they travel to Georgia State Saturday.

* Mackenzie Gibbs scored her third goal of the season to give Coastal Carolina a 2-1 double overtime victory over Texas State to advance to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Championship.

Gibbs’ initial shot prior to the game-winner was saved by Texas State goalkeeper Heather Martin. However, Martin could not corral the ball to allow Gibbs to punch it in the net for the victory (104:41).

Texas State (10-6-1) got on the scoreboard first on an early goal from Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Kassi Hormuth. Hormuth found a loose ball from a scrum in front of Chanticleer goalkeeper Rylee Atteberry and punched it into the net in the fifth minute for the 1-nil lead.

Coastal (10-7-1) then took control of the ball with precision passing to keep the tempo in their favor. However, solid defensive play by the Bobcats and Martin kept the Chants from putting an equalizer on the board.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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