Chants blast Blue Hose in first round of BSC tourney

Even though the temperature gradually started falling outside, it did not take long for Coastal Carolina to warm up the scoreboard, as the Chanticleers won their first-round game of the Big South Tournament on Tuesday.

With goal a from senior forward Ricky Garbanzo at the 20- minute mark, and from Sean McCormick at the 39-minute mark, it was the start of a 5-0 win over Presbyterian for nationally eighth-ranked Coastal.

After the Chanticleers won 14 Big South awards on Monday, including Coach of the Year, and Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Coastal improves to 17-1-2 on the season. The Chants remain perfect in BSC play at 10-0 in regular season play and 1-0 in the tournament in 2012. They have won 20 league games in a row overall.

Garbanzo started the scoring early in the first half off of an attack from Pedro Ribeiro that led to a shot from senior Ashton Bennett, and followed by a header in from the left side corner by forward Ricky Garbanzo for his 12th goal of the season. Bennett had the assist on the goal.

What started as a well-matched Big South game turned after the first of four red cards was handed out against Presbyterian. The first came at the 27-minute mark. Coastal capitalized just 12 minutes later with the goal by McCormick off of a cross from Shawn McClaws from the right side.

“It was a good part of the game that we got everybody playing and into the game. We have a lot of stuff to work on, so it was good to work on those things in a game situation,” said McCormick. “I give all of the credit to my teammates. They make it easy for you sometimes. Shawn played a great ball in and I was able to get to the ball. Every time you play with these guys, they make it easy because they are all such good players.”

CCU head men’s soccer coach Shawn Docking commented on the game as a whole saying that his team, despite tallying five goals, still need to play much better for a chance to win the Big South Tournament.

“We have to do a better job of being sharper. It just wasn’t a good game tonight. I don’t think that they played well and I don’t think that we played well,” said CCU head men’s soccer coach Shawn Docking. “We are capable of a lot better. We have to be better for Friday night.”

The second half saw Coastal getting many scoring chances, and Bennett took advantage of those with his 14th goal of the season at the 49-minute point. The goal was set up from a pass after a breakaway by McCormick.

Henrik Robstad scored his second goal of the season at the 57th minute of play. The goal came on a header from a cross by Jhamie Hyde.

The second red card against Presbyterian came at the 59-minute mark, leaving PC playing nine on 11 with CCU. Matt Risher scored the fifth and final score of the game at the 73-minute mark after beating the Presbyterian keeper Tanner Osborne from 11 yards out.

Two more red cards were handed out to Presbyterian at the 78:43 mark, leaving the Blue Hose with just seven players against that of 11 for the Chanticleers. The game continued as long as PC was able to finish with seven.

Coastal Carolina finished the game with 37 shots to just one by Presbyterian. Bennett and Garbanzo led the team with six shots a piece. Ribeiro and McClaws each finished with five shots.

Coastal now turns its attention to High Point, which beat Campbell by a 5-4 final in penalty kicks (5-3) on Tuesday. The game will be at Bryan Park at UNC-Greensboro on Friday. Game time is still to be determined. The winner of that contest will go on to playfor the Big South Conference Championship on Sunday at Bryan Park.

“We have got to be a lot better and a lot sharper on Friday night,” said Docking about playing High Point. “I think that we will because we are playing a lot better opponent.”

Photo by Joel Beachum

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