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  • Ian Brooking

Coastal men’s soccer drops conference opener

Coastal Carolina allowed two goals in the opening five minutes, ultimately falling to Georgia Southern 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Statesboro, Georgia, in their Sun Belt Conference opener.

Georgia Southern scored a minute and 48 seconds into the game when Javier Carbonell found Gonzalo Taiavera off of a free kick. Continuing with that momentum, the Eagles found a second goal not even 90 seconds later when Carbonell found Aldair Cortes who slotted home the second goal of the match.

Coastal would change keepers from Alexandre Bouillennec to Braulio Linares-Ortiz in the 10th-minute of the game.

The Chanticleers almost got a goal back in the 18th-minute when junior defender Sam Strong headed a shot on goal that was saved the Eagles.

Coastal would go into halftime down 2-0 and assistant head coach Kyle Russell hoped that will not be a problem in the games to come.

“We need to work on being the first team to score,” said Russell. “We also have to work a lot harder on defense.”

Coastal would gain a lot of momentum in the second half due to a majority of set pieces. Coastal had eight corner kicks in the second half compared to Georgia Southern’s two.

The Chanticleers were able to get on the scoreboard in the 82nd-minute thanks to a goal from senior forward Frantzdy Pierrot. Sophomore defender Morten Timm played in a cross and Pierrot smashed it first time into the back of the net.

Coastal had two chances on corner kicks in the final five minutes to equalize but both senior forward Martin Melchor’s and Pierrot’s shots were saved by the Southern’s keeper.

While the Chants are 2-4 on the year, Russell remains optimistic.

“We are really looking forward in getting some of our big players back from injury,” said Russell. “It will be good to have them healthy and back on the field.”

The Chanticleers return home on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to face College of Charleston at the Coastal Carolina soccer complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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