Despite a rough start to their season, the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team have a three-game winning streak on their hands.
Coastal Carolina men’s soccer opened their season playing against two top 20 teams. The season opener against the UCLA bruins and their second match, against the Georgetown Hoyas.
The 18th-ranked Chanticleers faced the 17th-ranked Bruins on Friday, Aug. 24 at CCU Soccer Stadium.
Two goals scored by UCLA’s Matt Hundley in the 24th and 71st minute with two more added by the Bruins, Mohammed Kamara and Robert Knight in the 77th and 89th minute, ultimately handing the Chants a 4-0 loss.
In their second match against the 13th-ranked Hoyas of Georgetown, the two sides battled into double overtime as Coastal forward Yazeed Mathews equalized in the 32nd minute after a 4th minute goal by Hoyas, Derek Dodson.
Neither team scored in the first period of overtime, until CCU junior forward Tsiki Ntsabeleng scored the golden goal to win the game for the chanticleers.
Coastal traveled to the University of Alabama Birmingham, who hosted the Chanticleers for the “For A Cure” Classic.
For the first game of the classic, Coastal played Memphis, which resulted in a 2-0 win for the Chanticleers. Goals were scored by midfielders Saif AlHameli in the 67th minute and Jorge Calix in the 87th. Both goals were assisted by Tsiki Ntsabeleng.
In their game against host Alabama Birmingham, CCU went 1-0 up against the Blazers. The single goal from Ntsabeleng in the 13th minute secured the win for the Chanticleers. Ntsabeleng was involved in every CCU goal of the classic.
Goalkeeper, Chris Datallo, made five saves over the course of the tournament, giving him a shutout for both games and a Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week award
The Chanticleers now have a 3-1-0 record but they might have to wait awhile until their next game. With the pending arrival of Hurricane Florence, today’s match versus Radford was postponed and their matchup against George Mason on Sep. 16 is up in the air as well.
In any case, the men’s team have many games ahead of them, with new talent, and returning stars. After achieving the title of sunbelt champions two years consecutively, they have become serious contenders in the NCAA tournament, they were ranked at eighth in the nation according to a NCAA poll by the end of last season. With this winning streak, CCU will continue to rise up the ladder.