Chants carry long scoreless run into Gamecocks match

ccusoc-13The No. 9/11 Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team played High Point to a 0-0 draw in the Big South regular season finale for both team at the Panther’s Vert Stadium.

The draw moves the Chanticleers’ record to 12-1-3 overall and 6-1-2 in Big South play. The Panthers go to 7-6-5 and 3-3-3 against league competition.

The shutout was Coastal’s second straight and ninth of the season. The Chants have now surrendered only 10 goals through 16 matches.

The match played finished even on both the scoreboard and in the shots category as each team recorded 15 shots. Coastal put five on goal, while the Panthers’ attempted four on frame.

The opening 45 minutes was played with the Chanticleers controlling the possession battle, but unable to find a go-ahead goal. High Point routinely countered once it gained control of the ball, but each time the Chants defense snuffed out the scoring threats. Coastal controlled the shot column on the scoreboard 6-2, including three on frame, while both of High Points’ shots were from distance.

Coastal attacked early and often in the second overtime, but the High Point defense turned away each scoring opportunity. The Chants returned the favor through the latter stages of the half to send the game into overtime. High Point registered three shot attempts to Coastal’s one in overtime.

Coastal Fernando Pina and HPU’s Kody Palmer each made four saves to record their respective clean sheets.

Coastal concludes its 2015 regular season Saturday at No. 22/28 South Carolina. The match, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. The match, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., will be carried live on WatchESPN via the SEC Network +. Coastal has won five straight matches against the Gamecocks, including a 3-0 decision in Conway last season.

Photo by Joel Beachum/Carolina Clicks Photos

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