CONWAY, S.C. – The No. 11 Coastal Carolina scored the contest’s lone goal during the 86th minute to edge the Liberty Flames, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in a Big South men’s soccer contest at CCU Soccer Stadium.
The Chanticleers netted the lone goal of the contest off a corner kick.
Coastal Carolina held a 15-7 advantage on shots during the contest. The Chanticleers also held an edge in corner kicks, 10-4.
Liberty goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made five saves. Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Fernando Pina did not record a save during the 90 minutes.
Liberty falls 1-3 in Big South play and 5-7 overall. Coastal Carolina moves to 4-1 in conference play and 9-1-1 overall. The shutout was Coastal Carolina’s seventh of the season. The Chanticleers lead the Big South Conference in fewest goals allowed (0.55 per game).
The first half saw play contained in the midfield by both team’s defense. Play between the two teams was even, as the Chanticleers held a 6-5 edge in shots. Corner kicks in the half were even at 2-2.
Two of Coastal Carolina’s shots were on goal in the half. However, Liberty goalkeeper Lee saw both shots clearly and made easy saves.
The strong defensive play by both squads continued during the second half. Each team found open shots at premium. Coastal Carolina held a 9-2 edge in shots in the half.
Liberty’s best scoring opportunities of the half may have come in the 79th and 83rd minute. In the 79th minute, forward Kevin Mendoza beat a Chanticleers defender and made a long run down the left side of the field. Gaining the box, he pushed a shot wide of the far post.
During the 83rd minute, Sachem Wilson moved past a defender, coming free on the right side of the box. Wilson fired a shot which hit the near post and went out of bounds.
After Coastal Carolina was unable to generate a shot off back-to-back corner kicks early in the 86th minute, the Chanticleers scored the game-winner on their third corner kick at 85:56. Miguel Guitterez’s kick found Tommy Gudmunsson at the near post for his first goal of the year and what proved to be the final score of 1-0.
Liberty pushed players forward looking for the equalizer over the final four minutes, but could not get off a shot.
The Flames will return home for a match against the Big South-leading Radford Highlanders, Tuesday. Kickoff for the conference contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.