MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team was tagged with a 3-0 loss to No. 13 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point.
CofC (2-8 overall) took time to find itself and allowed the Chanticleers to dictate the early portion of the match, and Coastal punished the Cougars with two goals separated by 78 seconds before the tenth minute.
The Cougars showed poise and good body language despite falling in an early hole and remained energetic, eventually reinserting themselves and proving themselves equal –if not better – for long spells during the rest of the match.
“They were better than us in the first 30 minutes,” said head coach Ralph Lundy. “They were flat out better, and we were not ready to play at their level… but then we adjusted. The next 15 minutes was a good run for us. In the second half, we adjusted. We stepped up; we played. But, we didn’t finish. In the second half I think we had seven shots and they had two.
“It’s been the same story as the entire season. We had chances and we didn’t knock them in. We didn’t score. That’s been the story of the season. It’s not a good story… It’s time we put something on somebody else instead of being recipients.”
In the eighth minute, Coastal’s Jakub Stourac collected a ball in the left side of the box and played it across the penalty spot to Pedro Ribeiro who headed it back in the direction of Stourac, but halfway in-between the pair was Sergio Camargo who ripped a shot on the volley into the back of the net.
Before the Cougars ever really recovered, Sergio Camargo slipped a pass through the back line and Ricky Garbanzo scored to the lower right corner for a quick 2-0 lead.
CofC was especially impressive in the second half and worked a 7-2 shot advantage in its favor, but was once again plagued by an inability to finish opportunities.
In the 63rd minute, Adam Purvis (Statesboro, Ga.) kept a ball in play along the end line and centered it into the box for Ike Crook (Federal Way, Wash.) whose header was well aimed, but lacked the pace to beat a diving Devin Cook, the Chanticleer goalkeeper who finished the night with three saves.
After Cook distributed the ball into the midfield, Adan Noel (La Brea, Trinidad) created a turnover and ran it through space to the target, but his attempt sailed over the bar. Noel led the Cougars with four shot attempts.
Three minutes later, the Cougars earned their first corner kick of the evening and Noel swung an inviting ball towards the crowd at the back post. Jake Currie (Sheffield, England) played a wondrous scissor-kick style volley which he sent into the turf in an effort to bounce it back into the top shelf, but the attempt only came head-high to Cook who cradled it in front of him.
In the 86th minute, CofC became exposed as it pushed numbers forward in attack, and Justin Portillo played a header into open space for Garbanzo who scored to the left corner for his second of the match, eliminating any hopes of a comeback.
The Chants were the sixth team the Cougars have challenged which has been ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll this season. Because of the aggressive scheduling, the Cougars currently log in at No. 58 in the NCAA’s RPI rankings – despite the lack of results – considering the team’s strength of schedule.
CofC next returns to Colonial Athletic Association action at Delaware on Sunday, Oct. 13.