Chants rally for draw with Bowling Green in two OTs

The No. 18 Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team used a ferocious late-game comeback to tie Bowling Green at the end of regulation before playing to a 3-3 draw after 110 minutes of action in the final game of the annual Coastal Carolina University Invitational at the CCU Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Tie ties moves the Chanticleers to 3-1-2 (1-0-0, Big South) on the season, while Bowling Green leaves the Palmetto State with a 1-2-2 (0-0-0, Mid-American) mark. Wofford, who defeated Florida Atlantic 2-1 in the day’s first contest, claimed the tournament title with a 2-0-0 record. Coastal finished as runner-up with a 1-0-1 mark followed by Bowling Green (0-1-1) and Florida Atlantic (0-2-0). Wofford’s Alex Hutchins was named the tournament MVP.

Trailing 3-2 with under a minute to play in regulation, head coach Shaun Docking inserted forward Tevin Skyers into the game in an attempt to get as many offensive threats as possible on the field as possible. And the late substitution paid off 18 seconds later as midfielder Jhamie Hyde blasted the game-tying goal into the back of the net.

Hyde’s first-career scoring strike followed a Robby Joe Daniels throw in from the right sideline. Daniels long throw was initially knocked away by the Bowling Green defense; however, the ball deflected directly to the foot of Hyde who uncorked his shot from near the top of the box.

Following a relatively clam first overtime period, Coastal applied their trademark offensive pressure in the second extra period resulting in several near goals. The first opportunity came after a Justin Portillo shot from the left side was saved, but not covered by the Falcon goalkeeper.  The ball trickled to the foot of Jakub Stourac who booted the ball just over the crossbar.  A minute later Rick Garbanzo nearly found the game winner with a header off a well-placed cross. Unfortunately Garbanzo’s shot attempt clanked off the crossbar.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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