Coastal outlasts Campbell

Coastal defeated Campbell 1-0 Tuesday night.

Tsiki Ntsbeleng's rebound shot found the back of the net with four seconds remaining in regulation to give the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team a home win over Campbell Tuesday.

"It’s nice to be back home for a change,” assistant coach Kyle Russell said. “We told the boys that Campbell was going to be a very tough team.”

It was an evenly matched game with few offensive chances for either side. Coastal recorded seven shots, five of which were on goal. Campbell took nine shots, yet none of them were on frame.

The Chants returned to CCU Soccer Stadium after opening the 2019 season with their first four matches on the road. While the team began the year with two big wins against Oregon State and Portland, the Chants dropped their last two games, including a 5-2 loss to West Virginia.

“We made a couple of changes in midfield after that West Virginia game,” Russell said. “We had JJ Power and Michael Boakye play in midfield and DZ Harmon stepped up huge in place of Paul Odenhahl, who is out with injury. Campbell is a good team and they smelled blood in the water after we lost to West Virginia. But kudos to our guys in staying strong and getting the clean sheet.”

Coastal’s best chance in the first half came when Claudio Repetto had back-to-back attempts on goal, but the Campbell goalkeeper stood tall and kept the game scoreless.

Prior to the game-winning goal, the Chanticleers’ best chance in the second half came when DZ Harmon rifled a shot just outside the 18-yard box that ricocheted off the post.

Then came the big moment.

After missing the first four games due to injury, Ntsabeleng was subbed on in the 70th minute and instantly made an impact by finding the open space and creating chances for his teammate.

“Right before that goal, it was Tsiki that took the foul,” Russell said. “We were worried that he was going to be sought after, especially since he had just gotten back from injury. But he held his own and was able make great plays and help us get the win.”

The Chants will now take on former Big South rival Radford. The Chants are 21-14-4 against the Highlanders in their long history that dates back to 1986.

“They have a high-flying attack and they certainly can score goals,” Russell said. “They are incredibly coached and have amazing talent on their roster. We know that they will be ready when they come here and try to beat us.”

Kickoff between Radford and Coastal Carolina is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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