Chants get rare visit from in-state rival Gamecocks

ccusoccer-dockingpointCoastal Carolina men’s soccer, ranked 17th by College Soccer News and 20th by TopDrawerSoccer.com, renews its in-state rivalry with South Carolina on Tuesday at the CCU Soccer Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

The Chanticleers (2-2-0) and Gamecocks (3-1-0), despite being two traditional soccer powers located 130 miles apart, have only met on the pitch nine times since the series started during the 1978 season.

Coastal Carolina owns a 6-2-1 lead in the all-time series, including victories in each of the last five meetings. The most recent match resulted in a 3-1 Chanticleer victory at the CCU Soccer Stadium on Sept. 10, 2013.

The programs have met three times in the NCAA Tournament with Coastal taking wins in two of the three matches. The two schools are regular NCAA Tournament participants with the Chanticleers owning 11 appearances and the Gamecocks 20.

Coastal Carolina and South Carolina last played on Sept. 10, 2013, at the CCU Soccer Stadium with the Chanticleers claiming a 3-1 victory. The Gamecocks scored first in the fifth minute off the foot of Ive Burnett. Pedro Ribeiro leveled the score in the 13th minute and Sergio Camargo added goals in the 44th and 81st minutes to secure the 3-1 victory.

There are few facilities in the nation that are as kind to its inhabitants as the CCU Soccer Stadium. Since the facility opened in 2002, the Chanticleers have posted a 78-21-6 (.771) home record. The Chants went undefeated at home in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2012.

Coastal has played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation through the first four games of the season. The Chants opened on the road with matches at UConn, Maryland and Charlotte, each of which were ranked among the nation’s top 25 at the time of the match. Coastal then opened its home schedule against Southern Conference favorite Furman, which is receiving votes in three national polls.

The match will be a homecoming of sorts for South Carolina junior midfielder Ryan Arambula, who played just down Highway 501 at Myrtle Beach High.

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