Chants win Sun Belt title, face Mercer in NCAA tilt

Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team gathered in the athletics field house on Monday to learn, with the rest of the nation, its first round opponent for the 2017 NCAA Championships by watching the national NCAA.com webcast. The verdict was that the Chanticleers will host Mercer in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team repeated as Sun Belt champions by virtue of a 2-0 victory over the No. 2 seed Georgia State, Sunday afternoon at the CCU Soccer Stadium.

The win improved the Chanticleers record overall to 12-6-1 while the Panthers fall to 12-7-1.

Coastal got the scoring started in the first half when Saif Al Hameli corralled a failed clear attempt by the Georgia State defense off a CCU corner kick and punched a hard shot from just outside the box to the near pole for the 1-0 lead.

The score remained that way until the 86th minute when Martin Melchor pushed a shot in a wide-open net, after Frantzdy Pierrot drew the Panther goalkeeper to him for the final tally and score of 2-nil. The Chanticleers out-shot Georgia State 13-to-5 overall and 5-to-3 on corner kicks.

Coastal had several players to earn Sun Belt conference awards for their performances on the field during the 2017 season. Frantzdy Pierrot was named MVP and Braulio Linares-Ortiz, Sail Al Halemi and Miguel Gutierrez joined him on the All-Sun Belt Conference Tournament Team.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

 

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