#11 Coastal and Campbell Pick Up Wins on Wednesday
Campbell defeats No. 25 High Point 2-1 Wednesday night in Big South contest
BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Ethan Hall saved a penalty kick, while Jhuvon Francis and Ricki Gaez scored goals to lift Campbell to a 2-1 victory over No. 25 High Point Wednesday night at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
Campbell (9-4-1, 4-3-0 Big South) improved to 2-1-1 against ranked opponents in one of the three national polls this year and dealt High Point (11-2-1, 4-1-1) its first league setback of the season.
A junior from Raleigh, Hall saved his third penalty in four chances this season, when he stopped Adam Sewell's spot kick in the 55th minute.
Francis scored his fifth strike of the year in the 70th minute with a left-foot shot that curled over High Point keeper Kody Palmer. Gaez and Scooter Oliver provided the build up for the sophomore, who earlier in the half had missed wide left on an attempt from point-blank range.
Just 4:07 later, the Camels doubled the edge when Bryce Miller slipped the ball past the High Point back four and Gaez dribbled in free on Palmer. The sophomore from Panama City, Panama lifted the ball over the charging keeper and into the net for his fifth goal (second game-winner) this year.
High Point, which had not trailed by two goals at any point this year until the 74th minute, drew within one on Fejiro Okiomah's header from Keith Cowdrey's corner kick with 1:35 remaining. The Panthers, who entered ranked No.-25 in this week's College Soccer News poll, dropped their second decision in the last three outings following a 10-0-1 start.
Wednesday's victory was Campbell's second over a nationally-ranked foe of the season, including a 2-0 blanking at No.-17 NC State on Sept. 18. CU opened the year with a 1-1 draw at No.-16 SMU and fell last Wednesday to No.-12 Coastal Carolina 3-1.
Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 6-13-2 mark against nationally-ranked schools. Campbell improved to 5-1 at home this season, 43-20-2 (.677) at the Eakes Athletic Complex since the start of the 2005 campaign.
Both teams had chances in a scoreless first half. In the 11th minute, Francis broke in on Palmer, but the freshman keeper charged off his line and was able to make a sliding save in the area.
In the 24th minute, Mamadee Nyepon caught Hall off his line, but Aleksi Tossavainen cleared the ball of the line to preserve the deadlock.
Campbell nearly added a third strike in the 86th minute when the nation's assist leader Mitchell Cardenas, slid the ball across the area to Miller, but the sophomore got under his volley and lofted a soft shot that Palmer was able to grab.
Wednesday's game was just the fourth time in 14 outings this year in which Cardenas has not scored or set up a goal. He entered the contest with 5 goals and 10 assists.
High Point pressed for a goal in the final minutes and whipped in a cross that Tossavainen cleared for the corner that Okiomah eventually finished.
The Panthers finished with a 17-11 edge in shots, 9-6 in shots on target. Palmer make four saves in the High Point nets, while Hall had seven stops for Campbell.
Francis has tallied all 11 of his points (5 goals, 1 assist) over the last 6 games, including game-winning strikes vs. VMI and Virginia Tech.
Hall stopped a penalty for the fourth time in his career. The junior from Athens Drive High School saved a PK in last year's 0-0 opening draw against 30th-ranked Furman. Earlier this season, Hall saved penalties in consecutive outings at NC State (Sept. 18) and Radford (Sept. 22).
Campbell University continues the celebration of its 50th men's soccer season on Homecoming this Saturday (Oct. 20). An Alumni-v-Alumni game is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. kick-off against Big South foe Presbyterian. All men's soccer alumni in attendance Saturday will be recognized during half-time ceremonies.
High Point returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 20 as it hosts Radford at 7:30pm.
No. 11 Coastal Carolina Defeats Winthrop, 1-0
CONWAY - The 11th-ranked Coastal Carolina men's soccer team denied Winthrop's upset bid on Wednesday night at the CCU Soccer Field thanks to Uchenna Uzo's 60th-minute game-winning goal.
The 1-0 win moves Coastal to 12-1-2, including a perfect 7-0-0 mark in Big South play. In addition, the victory also improves Coastal's regular season conference unbeaten streak to 17 games and marks the Chants' eighth home victory of the season in front of the Chanticleer faithful. Winthrop falls to 6-7-0 (2-3-0, Big South) with the loss.
After playing scoreless for nearly 60 minutes, Coastal broke through with the game's only goal as Uzo headed home his third marker of the season. Portillo launched a corner attempt into the box to the head of Uzo who was crashing from the backside. The Lagos, Nigeria, native's header easily sailed past Winthrop's outstretched Enrique Miranda before coming to rest in the back of the net. The assist was Justin Portillo's team-leading sixth of the season.
Following the goal, Coastal would continue to press forward in search of a second score, charting several corner kicks and shot attempts in the process. However, the defensive minded Eagles held strong and kept the game close.
Coastal seemingly secured the team's ninth consecutive win in the 84th minute when an Eagle was sent off with a straight red card. From that point forward Coastal was content to spread the ball around the field and hold possession.
The first half saw the sides play scoreless for the 45 minute duration. Although, the scoreboard at the CCU Soccer Field showed zeros at the break, both teams had opportunities to find to find the first goal of the game.
Coastal's first scoring chance came in the fourth minutes as Shawn McLaws sent a low-lying cross into the box toward Ashton Bennett. Unfortunately, Bennett was unable to get a solid boot on the ball, causing the shot to clank off the cross bar. Two minutes later the Chants were afforded a direct kick from 30-yards out. Justin Portillo sent a perfectly placed ball to the head of Pedro Ribeiro who flicked it into the back of the net. However, Coastal was whistled offside on the play.
Winthrop earned its fair share of chances on counter attacks, forcing extra work for both the Chanticleer backline and goal keeper Federico Bertele. The Eagles finished the half with three shots and out-cornered Coastal 4-3.
As they have in nearly every game this season the Chanticleers won the shots battle with a 14-5 advantage.
For the second straight game and eighth time this season the Coastal defensive unit posted a clean sheet. Bertele was credited with his 10th win of the season, while compiling 4.2 shutouts and a .806 save percentage.
Coastal returns to the road for its next three games starting at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kick off from the Runnin' Bulldogs' Greene-Harbison Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. The Chants downed Runnin' Bulldogs 3-1 in last season's meeting at the CCU Soccer Field.
Winthrop returns to action as hosts to Liberty on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Longwood Loses 1-0 in Final Minutes at American
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Longwood University men's soccer team conceded a late goal to drop a 1-0 decision at American University (7-5-2) of the Patriot league on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Devin Pierce|Virginia Beach (Ocean Lakes) and sophomore Taylor Evans|South Riding (Freedom) led the Lancers (3-10-3) with two shots apiece in the outing. Longwood returns to action when its hosts the United States Naval Academy for Senior Night on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
Four other Lancers also registered a shot in the match. Freshmen Sam Yardley|Fairfax Station (Robinson) and Will Lambert|Charlottesville (Monticello) put one shot on goal each, while sophomores Jonathan Kukapa|Leesburg (Clarksburg Md.) and Peter Sullivan|Herndon (Herndon) both notched a shot, as well. Freshman goalkeeper Seth Erdman|Hummelstown (Lower Dauphin) made his first collegiate start, tallying a season-high five saves in his first ever complete-game performance.
The squads battled for possession in the first half of the match, with neither side able to find the back of the net. The Lancers had an opportunity to get on the board when Pierce broke down the right side of the field and sent a well-placed cross to Kukapa for the tap in, but an Eagles' defender beat him to the ball for the clear, extinguishing the chance and sending the teams into halftime knotted at 0-0.
Coming out of the break, the stalemate continued, with both teams fighting for the upper hand in the evenly-matched contest. The Lancers tried to pull ahead in the midst of the half, as Pierce set up Lambert for the one-timer, but the shot was well-saved by the American goalkeeper.
The deciding goal came in the 85th minute of play when the Eagles were awarded a free kick following a Longwood foul. Charlie Hunter lined up to take the shot for American, sending the ball hard towards the post before it bounced in for the game-winner.
American outshot Longwood, 13-8, in the match and took a slight, 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Wednesday's contest marked the first meeting ever between the Lancers and the Eagles in the sport of men's soccer.