Coastal drops a close one on road to No. 9 Charlotte

ccusoc-uabA second half goal from the No. 9 Charlotte 49ers gave them the edge they needed to hold of the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team with a 1-0 defeat at Transamerica Field.

The loss dropped the Chanticleers to 1-3-1 overall. Charlotte, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 on the season.

The Chants and the 49ers finished level in shots, each recording 12, while Charlotte held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Coastal held a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks, and was led by Martin Melchor finishing the game with five total shots, including two on goal, while Louis Dargent tallied two shots.

Coastal controlled the pace of play in the opening half, putting up seven shots to Charlotte’s five. Both teams had goal scoring opportunities but came up empty.

In the 41st minute, a CCU cross from the right flank was sent into the box and found the head of Spencer Reinford. He directed it toward the goal but the effort was saved which would be Coastal’s best attempt of the half.

The 49ers tally came in the 48th minute after earning a corner kick. Brandt Bronico sent the ball into the mix where Matej Dekovic was able to get a head on it for what proved to be the winning goal.

With minutes remaining, a final attempt from the Chanticleers was given as they are fouled near the halfway mark. A cross was sent into the box where Melcher’s shot sailed just high of the goal.

Coastal continues its road swing with a match at UNC Greensboro on Sept. 20 at 7 pm.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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