Chants ready to dance as Sun Belt tourney champs

ccusoc-goaliejumpThe No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team won a thrilling 1-0 match against No. 3 seed and host Georgia State to claim its first ever Sun Belt men’s soccer title on Sunday at the GSU Soccer Complex.

The clinching goal came from Coastal Carolina (9-6-3) sophomore midfielder Jair Espinoza, who took a deflected ball at the top of the box and fired a low shot past a diving Yannic Horn. The goal was Espinoza’s third of the season as he took home the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer honors.

With the win, the Chanticleers claimed their first ever Sun Belt team championship since joining the conference officially on July 1, 2016. Coastal Carolina claimed its 25th conference championship in program history and will make its 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Coastal will play host to Radford in the first round Thursday. Kickoff time is to be announced but is expected to be scheduled before the CCU football team hosts Liberty at 7 p.m.

The Panthers (14-8-0) rallied late with several scoring chances down the stretch, including one final free kick chance from 40 yards with six seconds on the clock, but could not push one across against Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers posted a second clean sheet of the tournament and its seventh of the season.

The teams traded clear chances throughout the match. The Chanticleers nearly struck first in the 28th minute when junior Frantzdy Pierrot attempted a bicycle kick off a tough angle in close, but the shot sailed over the crossbar. Georgia State redshirt junior Salomon Lorenzano nearly put the Panthers up late in the first half when he fired a shot from distance that was tipped by Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz off the post and cleared from danger by the defense.

The match went to half scoreless. In the second, CCU nearly broke the scoreless tie when junior Louis Dargent headed home a clear chance on a corner kick that just barely cleared the crossbar. In the 68th minute, CCU sophomore Ryan Willoughby took a run from the right side to just outside the 6-yard box before a tackle knocked the ball back to Espinoza who one-timed the ball into the left side of the net.

Coastal Carolina junior Braulio Linares-Ortiz made five saves on the afternoon and improved his record to 6-4-3 heading into the NCAA Tournament. Georgia State junior Yannic Horn (6-6-0) also made five saves in the losing effort.

For a third consecutive season the Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship final was broadcasted live on ESPN3 and available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The NCAA men’s soccer selection show airs on www.NCAA.com on Monday at 1 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Sun Belt Conference

Comments

comments

Baseball: Myrtle Beach falls to Hilton Head in shootout

Baseball: Myrtle Beach falls to Hilton Head in shootoutThe Myrtle Beach High baseball team finally ran into a [more]

Softball: St. James, Conway roll through playoff debuts

Softball: St. James, Conway roll through playoff debutsSt. James softball team picked up in the playoffs where [more]

Tennis: Seahawks, Braves soar past first-round foes

Tennis: Seahawks, Braves soar past first-round foesThe top-seeded Myrtle Beach boys tennis team lost only one [more]

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf Regional

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf RegionalCoastal Carolina University’s Malene Krolboll Hansen has received an invitation [more]

Lacrosse: Venazio tops list of nine all-state honorees

Lacrosse: Venazio tops list of nine all-state honoreesLacrosse may be a relatively new sport to the Grand [more]

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over Foxes

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over FoxesJust when you thought it was safe to face St. [more]

Golf: Seahawks top Chiefs; Sharks finish off rival Braves

Golf: Seahawks top Chiefs; Sharks finish off rival BravesRegular-season region championships in golf are more about bragging rights [more]

Softball: Tigers, Sharks hit postseason as No. 1 seeds

Softball: Tigers, Sharks hit postseason as No. 1 seedsThe SCHSL softball playoffs open Thursday with five local teams [more]

Lady Chiefs run away with fourth straight region title

Lady Chiefs run away with fourth straight region titleThe North Myrtle Beach girls track team won the Region [more]

Soccer: Braves sweep MB; Gordon lifts Lady Seahawks

Soccer: Braves sweep MB; Gordon lifts Lady SeahawksThe Socastee High boys soccer team used a big second-half [more]

Golf: NMB aces St. James, faces MB for region crown

Golf: NMB aces St. James, faces MB for region crownNorth Myrtle Beach used a balanced scoring effort to claim [more]

Lady Sharks' magical run ends in Lower State final

Lady Sharks' magical run ends in Lower State finalThe St. James High girls lacrosse team took giant leaps [more]

Softball: Seahawks shut out Socastee in playoff tuneup

Softball: Seahawks shut out Socastee in playoff tuneupThe Myrtle Beach softball team closed out the regular season [more]

NMB's Hudson headlines all-region girls soccer list

NMB's Hudson headlines all-region girls soccer listRegion 7-4A girls soccer champion Myrtle Beach and runner-up St. [more]

Chants' bats, pitching wake up to rally past The Citadel

Chants' bats, pitching wake up to rally past The CitadelCoastal Carolina allowed four runs in the first inning, but [more]

Baseball: MB rides Bodge's hot bat, arm to playoff win

Baseball: MB rides Bodge's hot bat, arm to playoff winMyrtle Beach's Cameron Bodge may be best known for his [more]

CCU's Ruiz makes playoff; Chants seventh at Sun Belt

CCU's Ruiz makes playoff; Chants seventh at Sun BeltCoastal Carolina sophomore Luis Ruiz turned in the low round [more]

Chants blow late lead, lose series to Georgia Southern

Chants blow late lead, lose series to Georgia SouthernGeorgia Southern scored a run in the seventh and two [more]

Beach United, Coast FA net Coast Spring Classic crowns

Beach United, Coast FA net Coast Spring Classic crownsThree Grand Strand-based teams captured championships in their respective division [more]

Pelicans rally in ninth inning to shoot down Wood Ducks

Pelicans rally in ninth inning to shoot down Wood DucksThe Pelicans rallied for two in the seventh and four [more]

Coastal off to top-five start at Sun Belt Championship

Coastal off to top-five start at Sun Belt ChampionshipThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team posted a 6-over par [more]

Baseball: Panthers, Sharks make late push for playoffs

Baseball: Panthers, Sharks make late push for playoffsWhoever said "It's not how you start, but how you [more]

Eagles top Chants in extras, set up series rubber match

Eagles top Chants in extras, set up series rubber matchBoth Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina scored a run in [more]

Soccer: Seahawks defeat Chiefs to claim region title

Soccer: Seahawks defeat Chiefs to claim region titleThe Myrtle Beach High soccer team didn't want to worry [more]

Baseball: NMB spoils MB's hopes for sweep of region

Baseball: NMB spoils MB's hopes for sweep of regionThe North Myrtle Beach High baseball team rallied for five [more]

Baseball: Myrtle Beach falls to Hilton Head in shootout

Baseball: Myrtle Beach falls to Hilton Head in shootoutThe Myrtle Beach High baseball team finally ran into a [more]

Softball: St. James, Conway roll through playoff debuts

Softball: St. James, Conway roll through playoff debutsSt. James softball team picked up in the playoffs where [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach