Coastal Carolina Edges No. 8 VCU 1-0, Snaps Rams' Four-Game Unbeaten Streak
FINAL: Coastal Carolina 1, No. 8 VCU 0 (Richmond, Va. – Sports Backers Stadium)
RECORDS: Coastal Carolina (5-2-0), VCU (3-2-1)
VCU STARTERS: #21 Wells (GK), #2 Owusu, #3 Castillo, #7 Monge Solano, #8 Barnathan, #12 Belmar, #16 Duffie, #18 Shiffman, #19 Keita, #23 Manel, #24 Fisher
COASTAL CAROLINA STARTERS: #1 Cook (GK), #2 Uzo, #7 Garbanzo, #8 Portillo, #10 Ribeiro, #11 Stourac, #12 Risher, #13 McLaws, #15 Laugsand, #16 Robinson, #20 Marz
- Coastal Carolina scored less than a minute into the match and held on to defeat No. 8 VCU 1-0 Saturday night at Sports Backers Stadium.
- The Chanticleers, who were ranked as high as No. 12 just two weeks ago, snapped the Rams' four-game unbeaten streak.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Coastal Carolina, which advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCAA College Cup, took advantage of its first opportunity and got on the board less than a minute into the match. After VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells dove to knock away a cross following a throw in, Ricky Garbanzo fired the deflection into the lower left corner for a 1-0 Chantacleers lead.
- Junior Jose Manel had a pair of early looks for the Rams in the eighth and 11th minutes but both shots went wide.
- Coastal Carolina's Justin Portillo nearly snuck a shot into the far post with a strike from about 35 yards out in the 22nd minute but it slid just wide.
- Wells came up with his first stop in the 29th minute on a shot by Simon Laugsand on the right wing.
- VCU was awarded a penalty kick in the 38th minute after junior Kharlton Belmar was taken down inside the box. However, Coastal Carolina keeper Devin Cook made a diving stop to his left on an offering from sophomore Dennis Castillo to keep the Rams off the board.
- Junior Juan Monge Solano launched a free kick from the right wing with just over three minutes left before intermission but Cook punched the ball away near the crossbar.
- Junior Mario Herrera Meraz fired a shot from the top of the box in the 46th minute but Cook made his third save of the night. He had another look from the left wing seven minutes later; however, his this time it went wide.
- After Monge Solano's shot was blocked in the 61st minute, Coastal Carolina was called for a foul. Castillo launched the ensuing free kick from about 20 yards out, which just missed the crossbar.
- Wells made his second stop on a free kick off the foot of Pedro Ribeiro in the 71st minute.
- Senior Romena Bowie took a feed from Belmar in the 80th minute and fired a strike from the right corner of the box that just missed the far post.
- VCU made one final push in the 89th minute when Cook came up with a diving snag on a strike by Manel from about five yards out following a free kick.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- VCU held a 13-7 advantage in shots, including a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.
- Manel finished with a game-high three shots, while Castillo, senior Nate Shiffman, sophomore Devon Fisher and Herrera Meraz added two apiece.
- Cook made four saves, including a stop on a PK and on VCU's final look in the 89th minute.
"I thought we were a little casual out of the gate and as a result, spotted the first 15 or so minutes to a very good and well coached Coastal Carolina team. Unfortunately, they scored in the first minute on a long throw in. We were sharper as the game went on and created some good sequences and goal scoring opportunities, but in the end, weren't able to get the goal. We need to learn that lesson moving forward because against quality opponents we cannot afford to spot other teams goals or even waste time when we aren't at our best. Now we need to turn our attention to a very good Wake Forest team on Tuesday night."
-VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU hits the road for back-to-back matches against ACC opponents beginning at ninth-ranked Wake Forest on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., before visiting in-state foe Virginia on Oct. 1.