Men's Soccer Suffer Setbacks on Monday

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USC Upstate edges UNC Asheville 1-0 in Men's Soccer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - USC Upstate got a goal from Dave Musambi midway through the first half and that was enough for the Spartans to edge homestanding UNC Asheville 1-0.

The visitors out-shot the Bulldogs (1-1-0) 15-7. Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson played well in defeat with seven saves, including a save on a penalty kick in the second half.

The home team did not record a shot in the first half but came alive in the second half with seven shots. However, Spartan goalkeeper Dani Alvardo made four saves to record his first shutout of the season.

USC Upstate controlled play from the start of the match and scored in the 22nd minute. Kareem Richardson dribbled into the Bulldog zone before making a nice pass to Musambi hit a shot from 10 yards out to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead at 22:12.

In the second half, Asheville was called for a foul in the box in the 56th minute. Dylan Hoop was selected by the Spartans to try and extend the lead. However, his shot was stopped by Jackson keeping the match at 1-0.

Asheville got three shots from freshman Trey Hemphill, two on goal but the Bulldogs could not find the back of the net.

The Bulldogs are in action Thursday afternoon at home when they host Appalachian State at Greenwood Field starting at 4 p.m.

No. 10 Coastal Outlasted by No. 3 Charlotte in Heavyweight Bout
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After having a man sent off with a red card in the 24th minute, the No. 10 Coastal Carolina men's soccer team held strong for 78 minutes of play but No. 3 UNC Charlotte would find the game-winner in the 102nd minute to win the very physical top-10 clash 1-0.

Despite a season-high eight saves by sophomore goalkeeper Federico Bertele and numerous defensive saves by the shorthanded Chants, Charlotte's Thomas Allen found the back of the net in the second overtime. The 49ers Tyler Gibson launched a one-bouncing corner kick toward Allen who wrapped his leg around a Coastal defender and heeled the ball in for the game-winning score.

Playing a man down throughout the entire second half and overtime periods, the Chants were forced from their attack first philosophy and into a defensive mindset. Over the final 57 minutes, the Chants defensive unit turned away 10 49er shots with Federico making several highlight reel-worthy saves along the way. However, the Chants did produce scoring opportunities of their own tallying four shots, including three that forced the 49ers Klay Davis to convert saves.

In the opening minute of the second half Bertele made the first truly spectacular save of his Chanticleer career. Following a Charlotte corner and two headers the North Florida transfer made a diving save to his left to knock a sure goal harmlessly away.

Minutes later senior Robby Joe Daniels was nearly credited with a goal as he pressured Charlotte's Davis, who came out of his box to send the ball back downfield. Daniels stepped in front of Davis' boot and deflected the ball back toward the goal where it would bounce just outside the right post.

In the 68th minute junior Justin Portillo launched a free kick from 21 yards out that seemed to be arcing toward the right upper 90; however, the outstretched Davis was there to tip the attempt over the crossbar.

Charlotte twice appeared to net the game-winner in the first overtime period on breakaways by Giuseppe Gentile. Fortunately for the Chants, both were called back due to infractions.

Through the first 20 minutes of the first half the 1,744 fans in attendance saw both sides with scoring opportunities; however, neither side was able to capitalize. Charlotte was able to get a shot past Coastal's Bertele for what looked to be an early go-ahead goal, but offside was whistled on the 49ers. 

The aurora around the game, which already felt like a NCAA Tournament match, went up a notch in the 24th minute as a Chanticleer was sent off with a red card after a hard foul.  The Chants would not waiver and continue to attack the offensive third producing a pair of consecutive prime scoring opportunities. The first saw sophomore defender Henrik Robstad fire a rocket that was saved by the 49ers Davis after a long Daniels throw in.  Moments later Portillo launched a shot of his own that sailed just high of the crossbar.

Charlotte would have a few opportunities of its own throughout the remainder of the half but the Bertele and the stout Chanticleer defense would turn away the 49ers efforts.

Charlotte finished the match with a 16-8 advantage in shots and held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Coastal was whistled for 16 fouls to Charlotte's 26 as both sides were booked with a pair of yellow cards.

The Chanticleers return to the pitch on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against Ohio State in the Buckeye-hosted Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Coastal defeated the then 21st ranked Buckeyes 2-0 in last season's CCU Tournament. The squad wraps up their time in Columbus on Sunday against Wright State on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Runnin' Bulldogs Drop Home Opener to #20 Furman, 3-0, on Monday Night
Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb men's soccer team opened up its 2012 home slate on Monday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs surrendered three second half goals to drop the non-conference contest, 3-0, to No. 20 Furman at Greene-Harbison Field in Boiling Springs, N.C.

The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 0-2 on the year, both losses coming against top-25 nationally ranked opponents in No. 1 North Carolina and No. 20 Furman.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that was physical on both ends of the field, as the two teams combined for 12 foul calls and two yellow cards.

Gardner-Webb posted the first shot of the contest, as freshman midfielder Craig Swaby fired a shot that sailed high and over the goal in the fifth minute, leaving the score at 0-0 early.

Furman would record its first shot five minutes later at the 11:29 mark, as Danny Hojaij put a shot on frame that was hauled in by GWU goalkeeper Scott Krotee.

Over the next eight minutes of play, each team posted one shot apiece, to no avail, as both teams continued to put pressure on the other team's defense.

Krotee would come up big in goal once more in the 30th minute, as he stopped a Coleton Henning shot attempt, and then hauled in another save two minutes later on a Tyler Peoples shot to keep the Paladins off the scoreboard.

Furman had another shot attempt blocked right in front of the net in the 41st minute, leaving the contest scoreless going into the halftime break.

In the second half the urgency picked up for both teams offensively, as neither team wanted to give up the first goal of the match.

After Furman's first scoring chance in the second period sailed high, Martin Ontiveros made good on the next attempt in the 47th minute, receiving a chip pass from Adrian McInnis and Walker Zimmerman to hit a low streaking shot that rolled past a diving Krotee and across the goal line to put the Paladins on the scoreboard first at 1-0. 

Five minutes later, a header by Furman's Henning sailed wide, as the Paladins continued to put pressure on the GWU defense, forcing Krotee to make a save in the 55th minute on a breakaway and in the 61st minute on a contested shot.

After two more saves by Krotee over the next four minutes of play, Furman struck again, as this time Kevin Pahl lined a shot that sailed from just outside the 18-yard box into the upper right back corner of the net just past the outstretched hands of Krotee in the 83rd minute to put the Paladins up 2-0.

Furman would add an insurance goal minutes later in the 84th minute, as Clint Ritter deflected a shot off a Gardner-Webb defender that inched just out of reach of Krotee to put the Paladins in front at 3-0.

Gardner-Webb, who refused to quit, threatened with a scoring opportunity of its own by way of a header from redshirt-senior Jon Ole Reinhardsen in the closing minutes, yet it was hauled in by Furman's goalkeeper Doug Ryan to preserve the shutout for the Paladins.

Gardner-Webb was outshot 18-4 for the match, as the Runnin' Bulldog offense could never get on the right track.  The Runnin' Bulldogs were called for 12 fouls, four more than Furman's eight penalties, while Krotee recorded eight saves in the loss.

Reinhardsen, who posted the only shot on goal for GWU for the match, was one of four Runnin' Bulldogs to record a shot in the contest.

The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 1-13-1 all-time versus nationally ranked top-25 opponents and 0-3-1 all-time against Furman on the pitch.

Gardner-Webb (0-2) will kick-off a six-match road trip on Friday night, August 31st, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will take on the Wofford College Terriers at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Big South/SoCon Challenge in Spartanburg, S.C.