Soccer: Cavs top Chants; CCU women win thriller

ccusoc-10uvaThe No. 18/21 Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team opened the 2016 campaign with a defeat 2-1 at No. 17 Virginia. Coastal counted a goal by Wes White, but the Chanticleers conceded goals to UVA’s Paddy Foss (PK) and 73rd minute strike by Edward Opoku.

Coastal struck quickly as Wes White banged a one-timer off the post and in for the Chants’ first goal of the season in the fourth minute of play. Frantzdy Pierrot was credited with the assist.

The lead would not last long as Virginia’s Paddy Foss leveled the game at 1-1 with penalty kick conversion in the seventh minute.

In the 28th minutes Pierrot was shown a red card, leaving the Chants with 10 men the rest of the way.

Neither team scored in the remainder of the opening 45 minutes, leaving the two top-25 squads deadlock 1-1 at the intermission.

UVA’s Opoku produced the eventual game-winner in the 73rd minute with a tap in off a well-placed cross from Raheem Taylor-Parkes.

Coastal created chances in the final 10 minutes, but the Cavaliers stood firm each time.

Virginia outshot Coastal 16-10 in the match and earned nine corners to the Chants’ four.

Chanticleer keeper Alexandre Bouillennec was credited with four saves, while Virginia’s Jeff Caldwell notched three stops.

Coastal Carolina continues its season-opening road trip at William & Mary on Monday at 6 p.m.

* With the score tied and under 16 seconds remaining in regulation, freshman Heston Neal gave the Coastal Carolina womens soccer team the offensive spark it needed to secure the 2-1 victory over Winthrop, Friday evening.

With the win Coastal improves to 2-0-1 overall. The Chanticleers outshot the Eagles 17-10 – with eight of the teams’ shots on frame – holding the clear advantage of possession throughout the match. Daniella Famili and Amber Adams each led the team with five shots apiece and two on frame.

The Chanticleers took command the 17th minute as Adams drove the ball down the left flank beating two defenders sending a cross towards the back post finding Kayla Christian. Christian, who one-touched it back to the six yard box, set up Famili to finish for the 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, Adams found herself with a step on her defender driving down the line looking for goal but hit the post. Following Coastals’ counter-attack, senior Becca Austin was put in a 1v1 situation but handled it with ease as she scooped up the ball for the save.

Early in the second half, the Chants look to score early as Adams ignites the play sending a ball over the back line finding Christians feet. The sophomore forward took a small touch but her shot is blocked last second by her defender.

Play began to even out through the middle of the second half until the 76th minute, when Adams received a through ball between the defenders to go 1v1 with the Eagles goaltender but is blocked by a diving save.

The Eagles regained possession creating a counter-attack in its’ final third. A cross from Samantha Prytulak on the right flank set up teammate Keeley Leising on the six-yard box to pass in it to level the match.

Coastal is fouled right outside the 18-yard box putting the Chants in good scoring position. Famili sets up for a low left corner shot but a diving save from the Eagles goaltender pushes it out for a corner.

With under a minute remain, Coastal able to get off a kick corner but is knocked out to Neals’ feet. Neal take one touch then blasts it over the goalkeepers hands from the corner of the 18-yard box to put the Chants in the lead. This was Neals’ first goal as a Chanticleers.

The Chanticleers will continue road play traveling to Durham, N.C. as they face No. 2 ranked Duke University, Sunday at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of UVA Athletics

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