Chants defeat Gamecocks for first victory of season

ccusoc-melchorcelebA first-half goal by junior midfielder Martin Melchor and several key saves late in the game by junior goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz powered the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over South Carolina Friday night at the CCU Soccer Stadium.

The victory is Coastal’s first of the year and improves the Chants to 1-2-1 overall. South Carolina falls to 1-3 on the season.

Melchor closed the game with four total shots, including two on goal, while Linares-Ortiz recorded his second straight clean sheet following a scoreless draw with UAB last time out. Frantzdy Pierrot matches Melchor with four shots, putting all four on frame.

The Chants outshot the Gamecocks 15-9 overall, and 9-4 in shots on goal. South Carolina held a 8-6 advantage in corners, and was led by the three shots of midfielder Danny Deakin.

For the second straight game the Chants controlled the pace of play in the opening half, putting seven shots on frame to South Carolina’s one.

Coastal takes to the road for its next four matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. meeting with Charlotte on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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