CONWAY – A first half goal by Joel Perez and second half goals by Tommy Gudmundsson and Ollivier Gueguen were more than enough as No. 23 Coastal Carolina defeated UNC Asheville by a 4-0 final in a Saturday matinee at the CCU Soccer Stadium.
Perez scored in the 21st minute, Gudmundsson notched goals in the 65th and 66th minute and Gueguen added a final counter in the 78th minute to move Coastal to 9-3-0 on the season. Moreover, the victory was the Chanticleers’ sixth straight and improved the squad to 4-0-0 in Big South play.
Coastal opened the game just as it had in its last three conference matches – on the attack. The Chanticleers’ high-pressure attack immediately produced shot attempts and corner kicks. However, the UNC Asheville (1-6-2) defense and goalkeeper Dan Jackson withstood the early onslaught.
Perez finally broke through the Asheville defense at the 20:32 mark, scoring the first goal of his Chanticleer career in the 21st minute. Perez, who transferred to Coastal last season from Spartanburg Methodist, received a pass inside the box from Sergio Camargo, turned quickly and buried his shot in the right corner of the net. With the goal, Perez became the 10th Chanticleer to score this season.
The Coastal attack produced numerous additional chances throughout the remainder of the half, but several deflections and unlucky shots kept the Chanticleers from finding a second score before the half. Coastal ended the stanza with an 11-2 advantage in shots and a 9-0 lead in corner kicks.
Asheville kept pace with the Chants in the early part of the second half until players from both teams were sent off following a skirmish at the 51:21 mark of play. The pair of ejections left the teams playing 10v10 for the remainder of the contest.
Coastal regained its form and pressed forward searching for a second goal. The goal finally came in the 65th minute as Gudmundsson one-touched a low-lying cross from Perez into the back of the net. Gudmundsson scored his second of the game and third of the season 1:24 later with a back heel shot following a scramble in the six-yard box.
Gueguen counted the final marker of the contest at the 77:19 mark of play. The senior headed home a perfectly placed Kevin Le Bras corner kick for his second goal of the season.
The Chanticleers closed the game with a 29-3 advantage in shots and earned 14 corners, while not allowing Asheville one.
None of Asheville’s shot attempts were on frame, marking the second straight game the Chants held their opponent without a shot on goal.
Coastal’s Mark Petrus earned the win in goal to improve to 3-0-0 on the season, while Asheville’s Jackson (1-6-2) made nine saves in the losing effort.
The Chanticleers take to the road for two games in the coming week. Coastal first travels to Palmetto state foe Clemson for a match on Tuesday, Oct. 13, then heads north to take on rival Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 18.