CONWAY, S.C. – The No. 16-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University Men's Soccer program suffered a 2-1 double overtime defeat to host Coastal Carolina University at the 2011 Coastal Carolina Tournament.
The goal from Coastal came in the 103rd minute of play following a corner kick from the hosts.The Chanticleers served in a corner kick from the right corner kick spot, which was punched away by VCU senior goalkeeper Josh Pantazelos. The ball bounced out to the top right corner of the 18-yard box, which Coastal's Ashton Bennett collected before passing off to teammate Robby Joe Daniels. Daniels sent a booming shot into the top left corner of the goal to seal the victory and claim the 2011 Coastal Carolina Tournament Championship.
"All credit to Coastal Carolina today," said head coach Dave Giffard. "I thought their players played a very spirited game and had a very unique, but effective game plan. They asked us questions that as team we weren't prepared to answer, and in that respect I thought I got out coached today."
VCU fired off 15 shots in the contest, while the host Chanticleers took 21 shots. The Rams held a slight edge in corner kicks, earning five compared to four for Coastal.
Pantazelos suffered his first defeat of the season but turned in an impressive performance with eight saves. For his effort he was named to the all-tournament team, along with sophomore forward Jason Johnson and junior defender Brad Seymour.
The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play as sophomore defender Garrett Harvey tallied his second goal of the 2011 season. Freshman defender Juan Monge Solano served in a corner kick from the right side, which Coastal goalkeeper Scott Angevine punched outside of the 18-yard box, where junior midfielder Joseph Haboush was standing. Haboush one-touched a high arching pass back into the box, which the 6-3 Harvey rose from the ground and headed over the Coastal goalkeeper and into the net.
VCU nearly tallied a second goal in the 27th minute of play, as freshman forward Daniel Haehre played a perfect pass on to the foot of junior midfielder Juan Arbelaez. Arbelaez took one touch before firing a shot on goal, which Coastal's Scott Angevine saved, Arbelaez scrambled and won the rebound, then fired a shot just wide of the net.
The Chanticleers had a dangerous chance in the 42nd minute, when Coastal's Sebastian Bahos fired a shot destined for the lower left corner, but Pantazelos dove to his right and pushed the shot wide of the net. A foul on a Coastal attacking player nullified a second chance, allowing the Rams to freely clear the ball out of the defensive end.
There were 14 shots fired off in the first half of play, with each team taking seven shots. VCU held a 2-0 corner kicks advantage.
The Rams faced a determined squad in the second half of play, as the Chanticleers began to open up the contest and create chances. Coastal's Leo Mukofsky took a shot just one minute in, which hit off the crossbar and went out of play.
The Chanticleers knotted the game up at 1-1 in the 51st minute with Ricky Garbonzo tallying the goal. Ashton Bennett tore off on a breakaway on the right side of the field before passing the ball off to Garbonzo, who fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal.
The Ram's best opportunity of the second half came in the 62nd minute as a nice give-and-go between junior forward Yoram Mwila and Johnson, allowed Johnson to break free. Johson took several touches before taking his shot, which Angevine turned away.
Following 90 minutes of action with the teams tied a 1-1, the game was headed to overtime. The Ram's best chance of the overtime session came shortly after the start of the second overtime period. Freshman midfielder Ragnar Leosson fired off a shot from outside the 18-yard box, that Angevine tipped up and into the crossbar. Mwila crashed the net and one-timed a shot that Angevine forced wide for a corner kick.
The Chanticleers marched down the field, earning a corner kick which led to Daniels game-winning goal.
VCU will look to get back to its winning ways next weekend at the UAB Soccer for a Cure Tournament. The Rams will take on UAB on Friday at 7:30 p.m., before squaring off with Gardner-Webb University on Sunday at 12 p.m.
"We'll get back to work and get ready for Friday night against a very good and dangerous UAB team."