For the first time in school history, Coastal Carolina University's men's soccer team will host the opening round of the 2003 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships, taking on Davidson on Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students at the gate.
The ninth-ranked Chanticleers earned their third consecutive trip to the postseason by winning the Big South Conference Tournament this past weekend. The winner will advance to the second round to take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
"We are very excited to be able to host a first round NCAA game for the first time in our history," CCU head coach Shaun Docking said. "I think we have had an opportunity to do this, and it is because of the support of our university administration, led by Dr. Ron Ingle, and athletic administration that we hare having this game at home. We look forward to playing Davidson, as it will definitely be another battle like the one earlier this year."
This will be Coastal's fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament during its 24-year history, with CCU having a 1-4 record. The Chants did get their first NCAA Tournament victory last year, winning at South Carolina, 2-1 in overtime. Coastal Carolina holds a 2-1-1 lifetime mark over the Wildcats, including 1-0 CCU win, Sept. 2 at CCU Soccer Field. However, Davidson and Coastal played in the 1992 NCAA tournament, with the Wildcats advancing after a scoreless game by winning 6-5 on penalty kicks.
Led by All-American and the nation's leading scorer, senior forward Joseph Ngwenya, the Chanticleers will bring an 11-game winning streak and an 18-2-0 record into the tournament. Coastal was decisive in capturing their seventh Big South title, winning the three matches by a combined 14-1 margin. Coastal has two of the top five scorers in the country, as Jordie Hughes has 42 points on the year. CCU had eight players receive All-Conference honors from the Big South this season and ranks in the top-10 in the nation in scoring offense, team goals against, shutouts and winning percentage.
Making its first appearance in the tournament since 1995, Davidson was the regular season and tournament champions of the Southern Conference and enters the tournament with a 15-5-2 mark.
As part of Friday's events, the women's basketball home opener with Anderson College has been moved from 7 to 8 p.m. to allow fans to attend both games. All those with tickets from the NCAA Tournament game can redeem them at Kimbel Arena for free admission to the women's basketball game that night.