Melchor’s hat trick helps Chants upend Monarchs

Martin Melchor scored a career-high three goals in leading Coastal Carolina to a 5-2 upset win over 18th-ranked Old Dominion.

It didn’t take Melchor long to start the scoring as he scored the opening goal of the match just 1:36 after the opening kick. That lead lasted almost 12 minutes until Romario Piggott scored his third goal of the season in the 14th minute to give the Chants a 2-0 lead. It was a lead they would take into the locker room at halftime.

The second half started just like the first, but this time it was the host getting a quick goal as ODU scored a goal on a penalty kick just 1:22 into the second half.

ODU kept the pressure on CCU’s defense and finally broke through to even the score at two in the 69th minute. That’s when Melchor scored again, in what turned out to be the match winner in the 74th minute.

CCU added two more goals in the final few minutes as Louis Dargent scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Frantzdy Pierrot at the 88:46 mark, and Melchor added his third goal of the match and fourth of the season on another Pierrot assist with just 30 seconds left in the match.

CCU outshot ODU 13-11 overall and held a 10-5 edge in shots on goal. Melchor led the team with four shots and Pierrot had three. Dargent and Piggott had two shots each.

Braulio Linares-Ortiz played all 90 minutes in goal for CCU and recorded three saves.

The Chanticleers evened their record at 6-6, while the loss for ODU was only their second of the season and drops them to 7-2-2.

It does not get any easier for the Chanticleers as they will travel to Maryland to face the third-ranked team in the nation Friday at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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