Chants try to stay perfect in league play on Senior Day

The No. 8 nationally-ranked and Big South Conference regular season champion Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team will close out its regular season slate of games on Friday as hosts to league foe High Point at the CCU Soccer Field.

Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, the Chanticleers will recognize seniors Ashton Bennett, Robby Joe Daniels and Sean McCormick for their accomplishments and contributions to the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer program.

The 2012 Chanticleers have set a school-record with this week’s national poll rankings. The Chanticleers are ranked as high as eighth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the official poll recognized by the NCAA.

The No. 8 ranking surpasses the program’s previous high of No. 9 in 2003, 2011 and three weeks this season. In addition, the Chants are ranked ninth by Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and Soccer Times and 12th by College Soccer News.

After leading the nation in goals per game (3.0) and total goals (66) last season, the Chanticleers are once again back on top of the rankings this season. Coastal ranks first in the NCAA in goals (47), assists (47) and total points (141), while holding the second spot with a 2.61 goals per game average.

In addition, the Chants’ defensive unit ranks seventh in goals against average (.64) and 13th in shutout percentage (.50). Coastal ranks third in the country with a .889 winning percentage, trailing only Maryland’s (14-0-2) .938 and Cornell’s (13-1-0) .929.

Coastal is riding a 12-game winning and 16-game unbeaten streak. During the winning streak the Chants have outscored their opponents by a staggering 36-7 margin, including a 30-2 margin in Big South play. Through the 16 game unbeaten streak Coastal has outscored opponents 43-11.

With a win Friday, Coastal can extend its current Big South Conference regular season winning streak to 19 games dating back to the start of the 2011 season (19 game unbeaten streak, 18-0-1, dating back to the final game of the 2010 season).

In posting a perfect 9-0-0 conference mark en route to a regular season championship in 2011 and a 9-0-0 record this season, the current Chants have easily surpassed Coastal’s previous Big South regular season winning streak of 12 games that was established from the 2006-08 seasons.

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