Chanticleer soccer squads experience mixed emotions

The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s soccer teams saw mixed results Sunday, with the men experiencing a thrilling victory and the women a painful defeat.

The No. 10-ranked Coastal Carolina men played in their third straight double-overtime match but came away with their first victory during the stretch thanks to a late goal by Ashton Bennett. His 106th minute golden goal gave the Chants a 1-0 win over Wright State at the Ohio State-hosted Wolstein Classic.

Meanwhile in Conway, the Lady Chants saw Wofford score a late goal in the 83rd minute of regulation to end their upset hopes in defeat. Wofford’s Annika Jansson finished a through pass from Maureen Buff in the far right corner of the goal to give the Lady Terriers a 2-1 victory.

“It was a typical Sunday afternoon soccer game. It was hot. Two teams that had played Thursday night coming back and playing,” said Coastal Carolina women’s coach Paul Hogan. “Unfortunately, we just did not have the wear-with-all to finish it out. It was real disappointing.”

The game got off to a hot start for the Lady Chants (2-3) with a goal at the 12-minute mark on an unassisted free kick by Camille Christie that found the left corner from 35 yards out. The freshman was one of three that made up the starting midfielders for Coastal against Wofford (3-1).

The first goal for Wofford came at the 34-minute mark when Maggie Bosley one-touched a pass by Chelsea Turner for a top corner finish. There were no other goals for either team until the game-winner by Wofford with just seven minutes left to play.

“In a loss like this, you just can’t accept this. You have to be better and you have to be stronger,” Hogan said. “I told them after the game that you have 80 games in your college career and you just gave one away.”

The mood was much different for the Chants, who improved to 2-1-1 on the season following a double-OT loss to No. 3 Charlotte and a draw with Ohio State. Moreover, Coastal captured the Wolstein Classic championship with a 1-0-1 record, while Bennett (1g, 1a), Uchenna Uzo (210 minutes), Ricky Garbanzo (1g, 1a) and Scott Shewfelt (7 saves, 0 goals against) were named to the all-tournament team.

Bennett ripped a shot off the crossbar in the 106th minute of play the Raider defenders were unsuccessful in clearing the ball away.  Ricky Garbanzo, who tallied a goal in Friday’s game against Ohio State, corralled the loose ball and played it to Bennett. The Preseason All-American took one touch before uncorking a blast from 16 yards out past the Raider keeper and into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.  The tally was Bennett’s third of the season and first game-winner.

Bennett nearly put the game away with a penalty kick in the second minute of the first overtime stanza; however, Wright State’s Jacob Bye saved the attempt. The Chants procured numerous scoring opportunities through both regulation and the first overtime, but were unlucky on several instances as the ball deflected off the crossbar a total of nine times during the game.

The Chanticleers host the Coastal Carolina University Invitational this Friday through Sunday. The CCU men will square off against Florida Atlantic on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Bowling Green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Lady Chanticleers travel to the Citadel for a 4 p.m. game on Friday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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