#9 Coastal Carolina and Winthrop Win on Wednesday
Obougou Leads Winthrop Over Gardner-Webb In Double-Overtime
ROCK HILL, SC- Achille Obougou's goal in the 102nd minute gave Winthrop a 2-1 victory in double-overtime over Gardner-Webb, Wednesday evening in Big South Conference men's soccer action.
Winthrop trailed 1-0 at the half, but rallied for the victory to even its record to 7-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the league while Gardner-Webb falls to 3-12-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the conference.
Alex Isern collected a ball that made its way across the mouth of the goal, then turned toward the end line and crossed the ball on the ground as Obougou collected the pass, took and touch to his right and then fired a shot from around the six-yard box into the top right corner of the frame for the game-winner. It was his sixth goal of the season and third-game winning goal.
The Runnin' Bulldogs had a couple of free headers straight on from goal in the first overtime, but were unable to put them on frame. The first came in the 92nd minute off the head of Chris Davis from around eight yards out and the second off the foot of Chijioke Akujuobi as his shot from just inside the 18-yard box looked as if it had a chance to find the corner of the goal but was turned away and out of bounds for a corner by a Winthrop defender.
Trailing at the half, Winthrop managed to tie the match in the second half with a goal by Alex Isern in the 57th minute. The ball was cleared out to the top of the box on a corner kick and Adam Brundle cracked a one-touch shot from about 22 yards out and the shot was knocked down by a hand of a Gardner-Webb defender and a penalty shot was awarded. Isern stepped up and ripped the shot into the back of the net.
Winthrop had a few good chances in the first half but it was Gardner-Webb that led at the break thanks to a goal in the 10th minute off some nice quick work with the ball. The Runnin' Bulldogs won the ball in the Eagles defensive third and Marius Hammersmark played a quick 1-2 pass with Chris Davis that set up Hammersmark free in the box. He then played a ball to the top of the six-yard box in front of the net and Jordan Taylor hammered it home as defenders closed in on him.
The best chance for the Eagles came in the 7th minute off a set piece. Josh Mort stepped up and delivered a long throw into the box that slipped through the hands of Scott Krotee as Magnus Thorsson ran on but he couldn't keep the ball down on his header and it connected with the crossbar and shot out for the Runnin' Bulldogs defense to clear.
Both teams got forward a lot in the match and created several opportunities as the Eagles finished the game with a 22-17 advantage in shots. Krotee finished with four saves while Enrique Miranda made six.
Winthrop will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Military Institute at 3 p.m. while Gardner-Webb travels to Lynchburg, VA on Saturday to take on Liberty at 2 p.m.
Garbanzo Hat Trick Leads Ninth-Ranked Coastal Carolina Over Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ricky Garbanzo recorded each of Coastal Carolina's goals in the second half as the ninth-ranked Chanticleers dropped South Carolina 3-2 on Wednesday evening in front of 688 fans at the Gamecocks' Stone Stadium.
Coastal Carolina (14-1-2, 8-0-0 Big South) improves its current win streak to 11 games and unbeaten streak to 15 consecutive. Coastal also improves to 5-2-1 all-time against South Carolina.
Seventeen minutes after falling behind 1-0 on the scoreboard Garbanzo decided South Carolina had led long enough. The sophomore forward found the net 1:57 into the second half off a shot inside the goal box. A deep Shawn McLaws throw in from the right side set up the play. McLaws' toss was headed once each in the box by Pedro Ribeiro and Kjartan Sigurdsson before settling at the foot of Garbanzo three yards in front of an empty net.
Garbanzo was not satisfied with a tie with the Gamecocks and proceeded to find the net again two minutes later. This time Garbanzo showed off his skills as he converted arguably Coastal's prettiest goal of the season. McLaws chipped a pass over his defender toward Garbanzo on the right side of the box. The Rock Hill, S.C., native, elevated and bicycle kicked the pass over the Gamecock keeper and into the far side of the net.
Garbanzo produced his third goal of the match and first hat trick of his career at the 52:38 mark. Ashton Bennett fed Garbanzo a touch pass inside the '18 for his fourth assist of the season.
The Gamecocks refused to go away quietly, scoring their second goal with 17:35 remaining. Bradlee Baladez found the counter with a 20-yard strike toward the left side of the net. The goal represented only the second multi-goal game allowed by the Chanticleers this season.
For only the second time this season the Chants found themselves behind on the scoreboard at the half. In the 32nd minute of play a long goal kick by South Carolina's Robert Beebe was collected near the '18 by Baladez. Baladez dribbled toward the end line and slid a cross in front of the net to the streaking Snoopy Davidson who finished the play. The goal, Davidson's second of the season, snapped the Chants 920:18 tied or leading streak.
Coastal was not without opportunities in the first half, holding a 9-4 edge in shot attempts and 2-0 lead in corners. Coastal was afforded a prime opportunity with 15 minutes to play as Justin Portillo stood over a free kick near the '18. Portillo sent the ball to the head of Ribeiro. Ribeiro headed the ball down to the surface; however, the Gamecocks were able to knock it away before a shot was attempted. Coastal earned a pair of corners in the 36th minute, but the Chants could only muster a single wide shot off the foot of Ribeiro.
The Chants finished the game with a 16-10 advantage is shot, including a 6-5 edge in shots on frame. Chanticleer goal keeper Federico Bertele recorded three saves on his way to picking up his 12th win of the season.
Coastal Carolina returns to the pitch for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Oct 27 at Radford. A win or tie against the Highlanders will give the Chants their second consecutive and 11th overall Big South Conference regular season championship. Coastal won last season's meeting 4-1 to take command of the all-time series 13-12-3.