Chants to Face Duke in NCAA Tournament First Round

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MYRTLE BEACH - Fans of the Coastal Carolina men's soccer team gathered at Beef-O-Brady's Monday afternoon in Carolina Forest to learn with the rest of the nation its first round opponent to the NCAA Championships by watching the ESPNU telecast. The verdict was the Duke Blue Devils with the match being played in Durham, N.C., this Thursday (Nov. 18).

The Chants, who had 12 wins this season, earned a berth to the 2010 NCAA Championship by winning its 10th Big South Tournament since 1986. This will make Coastal's eighth NCAA berth and the sixth under head coach Shaun Docking, who led the Chants to the NCAA postseason in 2001, '02, '03, '04 and '05.

"The guys are very excited to make it to the NCAA Tournament and to play Duke," Docking said. "They have one of the top goal scorers in the nation and they are very well coached. I mean .... It's Duke. For sure, this will be a huge game for us. I am excited for this opportunity and to see if we can compete.

"This is a fantastic for our program. I am thrilled for our seniors and the guys who have worked so hard this year. This is also great for our alumni, who laid the foundation for this team and created a great soccer culture at Coastal Carolina University."

In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament in his final season, Coastal senior defender Ross Kelly was honored Monday with his selection to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's Team of the Week following his performance at the Big South Tournament. 

Kelly played every minute of all three games of the Big South Tournament and helped the Coastal defense allow just one goal over the course of the tournament.  Kelly was selected as the tournament MVP and became the first Chanticleer to earn that distinction since Joseph Kabwe accomplished the feat in 2005.