No. 4 Chants stay unbeaten with shutout of Blue Hose

ccusoc-10The fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team used first-half goals by Louis Dargent and Bryce Follensbee to secure a 2-nil win at Presbyterian College in Big South Conference action Wednesday evening.

The win, which was the Chanticleers’ fourth straight and 42nd in their last 48 conference regular season matches, improved Coastal to 7-0-1 on the season and 2-0-0 in league play. The Blue Hose fell to 0-9-1 with the defeat.

Louis Dargent gave the Chanticleers the early 1-0 lead with his goal at the 9:50 mark of the first half. Miguel Gutierrez sent a corner kick into the box from the right side of the field that Dargent easily headed past the PC keeper. The goal was Dargent’s first of the season and the fifth of his Chanticleer career.

Five minutes later Bryce Follensbee made the score line 2-0 in Coastal’s favor with his fifth goal of the season. Elis Bjornsson ignited the scoring play with a ball into the box from the edge of the attacking third that was headed down by Tommy Gudmundsson toward Follensbee inside the 6-yard box. Follensbee easily slotted his left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Coastal closed the first 45 minute stanza with an 11-4 advantage in shots and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Moreover, the Coastal defense did not allow a shot on goal, while the attacking players registered eight.

The opening stages of the second half featured a series of counter attacks by both sides before settling down and Coastal retaking control of the pitch. Despite not finding the net in the second half, the Chants maintained control of the match through the later stages of the period and racked up a 6-4 shot advantage.

The shutout marked the Chants sixth in eight matches this season as the team’s goals against average dropped to an NCAA-best 0.24. Moreover, the match was the second consecutive that the Chanticleer backline and defensive midfielders did not allow an opponent shot on goal.

Coastal’s Pina was credited with the win, improving to 7-0-1 on the season, while PC’s Johnny Archer (0-7-1) made eight saves in the losing effort.

Coastal plays its second consecutive road match Saturday at UNC Asheville. The match, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Bulldogs’ Greenwood Field will be streamed live on the Big South Network.

Photo courtesy of BSC

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