Flames snap Chants’ winning streak in Big South semis

The ninth-ranked Chanticleers fell to the Liberty Flames 2-1 Friday, Nov. 11 in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Liberty connected on two goals during the first six minutes of the second period to go ahead 2-0 with 39 minutes remaining in the game. The Flames first goal was scored by Travis Joseph in the 48th minute.

The tournament’s fourth seeded Liberty backed its first goal three minutes later as Darren Ammo connected on the second goal of the game to put the Flames ahead, 2-0.

The lone Coastal goal was scored by Pedro Ribeiro in the 65th minute of play to pull the Chants within one. Coastal had ample opportunities to tie the score in the waning minutes of the game but fell short for only the third time this year.

The loss ends Coastal’s 13-game winning streak, which tied a school-record after they defeated UNC Asheville during the opening round yesterday. The Chants last loss came on Sept. 16 against Appalachian State, 1-0 in day one of the CCU Tournament.

The Chanticleers outshot the Flames 21-12 on the day while attempting four corners to Liberty’s three.

The game saw 27 fouls as Coastal was charged with 17 to Liberty’s 10. Coastal dropped to 17-3-0 on the year while Liberty improved to 10-6-2.

Coastal entered the game ranked ninth by Soccer America while sitting at 20th in the RPI. The Chanticleers postseason hopes will have to wait until Monday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m., when the NCAA tournament field will be announced.

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