The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team picked up their fourth win of the season with a 3-2 win over Radford at CCU Soccer Stadium Saturday night in Conway.
Coastal was the more dominant team in the first half, registering six shots to Radford’s two. Claudio Repetto nearly got the Chants on the board within the first 10 minutes but saw his header saved by the Radford goalkeeper.
It would be in the 34th minute when DZ Harmon played a ball in from the right wing and Sam Snaith saw his headed shot rifle into the top corner to give the Chants the 1-0 lead.
“Tonight was a great feeling,” Snaith said. “It was my first career goal, so it felt even better to get a hat trick.”
The Chanticleer defense would hold that lead going into the half thanks to a diving effort from CCU’s Alberto Ciroi.
Snaith struck again early in the second half when Tyrone Mondi found a sliding Snaith whose efforts saw him get his second goal of the night in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0 Chants.
Radford did make things interesting as Ilgner Rad got the Highlanders on the board in the 61st minute to cut the Chanticleer lead in half.
Less than five minutes later, it was Tsiki Ntsabeleng who found Snaith at the edge of the six-yard box. Snaith lost and regained control of the ball all within two seconds and was able to easily slot the ball into the back of the net, completing his hat trick.
Radford did score within the final 15 minutes to make it 3-2, but despite an aggressive attack from the Highlanders, the Chanticleers held their own and managed to pull out the win.
“This is another year where we want to make the NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Shaun Docking, who picked up his 300th career win on Saturday. “As you look at the teams we played and the games we have coming up, it would be nice to win them all but you want to keep progressing as a team.”
The Chants now look to take on VCU at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Lexington, Kentucky, to take on the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.
“VCU and Kentucky are going to be gauges again to see how much progress we are making at this particular time in the season," Docking said.
The Chanticleers improved to 4-2 on the year with the win and increased their series lead over Radford to 22-14-4 in a rivalry that dates back to 1986.