Gamecocks Drop Decision at Coastal Carolina 3-1
Freshman Ive Burnett scores first career goal.
Conway, S.C. – South
Carolina (2-2-0) fell to Coastal Carolina (2-2-0) in non-conference
action at CCU Soccer Field on Tuesday night. Freshman defender Ive
Burnett netted his first career goal early in the match to score for
“For the first part of the game we played
really well, then we went down a man and the penalty tied the game.
From then it was an uphill climb,” said South Carolina head coach Mark
Berson of the team’s effort. “I thought in the second half, we played
very well. At times we had some good chances to get back in it down
2-1. It wasn’t to be. There were some good adjustments on the part of
our players. We’ve got a lot of work to do and a short time to do it as
we have St. John’s on Friday.”
Coastal Carolina outshot South
Carolina 17-5, as five different Gamecocks recorded shots. The
Gamecocks did not receive a corner kick opportunity in the match.
Junior forward Ricky Garbanzo and freshman midfielder Sergio Camargo
led the way for Coastal offensively, each tallying four shots. Camargo
came off the bench to score two goals with Garbanzo notching the other
South Carolina used two goalkeepers in the
match. Junior Robert Beebe started in goal and recorded four saves on
the night. Freshman Marco Velez entered in the 67th minute and was able
to save two shots. Coastal Carolina played two keepers as well. Junior
Frederico Bertele and sophomore Devin Cook each played a half and
recorded one save apiece.
Burnett quickly gave the Gamecocks a
1-0 lead just 4:38 into the match on a rocket from the near side almost
35 yards out. Coastal’s Bertele leapt to protect his goal, but
Burnett’s shot blasted over his hand just under the crossbar.
Coastal went on the attack with Garbanzo sending a shot to the far
post, but Beebe was there to preserve the South Carolina advantage.
the 12th minute, junior defender Braeden Troyer was shown a red card
within the 18-yard box. Senior midfielder Pedro Ribeiro leveled the
match at 1-1 for CCU on the ensuing penalty kick. With the card, the
Gamecocks were forced to play the final 78 minutes down a man.
midfielder Asa Kryst fired a hard shot in the 20th minute looking to
give the Gamecocks the lead again, but the ball went straight to
Bertele who recorded his lone save of the match.
Just before the
half, Coastal freshman forward Kevin LeBras put a shot on goal which
Beebe blocked. The Gamecock keeper could not keep possession and
Carmago was able to push the ball past Beebe on the rebound. The score
came in the 43rd minute and gave the Chanticleers a 2-1 lead at the
With the Gamecocks playing conservatively down a man,
South Carolina did not see a lot of touches on their attacking half of
the field for the remainder of the first half. As a result, the
Chanticleers outshot South Carolina 10-3 in the first period and
notched the only corner kick of half.
In the 58th minute, the
Gamecocks were awarded a free kick at the top of the box. Sophomore
midfielder Ryan Arambula took the shot and put it on goal, but Cook who
started the second half in goal for Coastal went to his right, diving
for the save.
Trying to equalize, sophomore forward Devin
L’Amoreaux recorded a shot in the 79th minute, but the attempt was
blocked by a Chanticleer defender.
Carmargo added the
insurance goal, making the score 3-1, after junior defender Ridge
Robinson touched the ball over to the midfielder in the box. Carmargo
was able to turn on the ball to put a shot up in the upper corner of
the goal over Velez.